Guidance on testing and counselling for HIV in settings attended by people who inject drugs: Improving access to treatment, care and prevention
Authors: WHO; SEARO; UN
Publication date: 2009
Numbers of pages: 91
ISBN: 978 92 9061 398 5
This document offers basic operational guidance on HIV testing and counselling in settings attended by people who inject drugs (PWID). It is intended for a wide audience, including policy-makers, HIV/AIDS programme planners and coordinators, care providers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) providing services for HIV-related conditions, and civil society groups.
Surveys in the Asia–Pacific region have found that, on average, less than 20% of PWID have been tested for HIV in the previous 12 months and received the results. Greater knowledge of HIV status is critical to expanding access to HIV treatment, care and support in a timely manner, and offers people living with HIV an opportunity to receive information and the tools to prevent them from transmitting HIV to others.