HIV Prevention in Hong Kong Strategy Series: HIV Prevention in Drug Users- Principles of Strategy. AIDS Prevention and Care Committee and Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS (2001)

HIV Prevention in Hong Kong Strategy Series: HIV Prevention in Drug Users- Principles of Strategy. AIDS Prevention and Care Committee and Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS (2001) The importance of injecting drug use as a route of HIV transmission is well- recognised. Explosive increase in HIV infection among drug users has been continuously reported in several regions, including the southern provinces of Mainland China bordering Hong Kong, and other countries of South-East Asia. Due to a number of factors, such as the wide availability of different modalities of out- patient and residential treatment programmes and the easy access to disposable syringes as well as early intervention since the discovery of the first HIV positive case in 1985, Hong Kong is fortunate enough to have enjoyed an exceedingly low HIV rate associated with injecting drug use (IDU) in the past decade and half. However, more recent analysis of epidemeological data collected in 1999 and 2000 have provided a signal of alarm, calling for reexamination of our strategies of prevention and intervention.

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