Journal Article

Brazilian Response to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Epidemic among Injection Drug Users

Fábio Mesquita, Denise Doneda, Denise Gandolfi, Maria Inês Battistella Nemes, Tarcísio Andrade, Regina Bueno and Daniela Piconez e Trigueiros

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue Supplement_5, pages S382-S385
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/377547
Brazilian Response to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Epidemic among Injection Drug Users

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The Brazilian response to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic is being observed all over the world because of its success. Understanding the role of injection drug users (IDUs) in the epidemic and the political response thereto is a key factor in the control of the epidemic in Brazil. This paper summarizes some of the most important analyses of the Brazilian response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among and from IDUs. Key elements of the response include the support of the Brazilian Universal Public Health System, the provision of universal access to highly active antiretroviral therapy, and the creation of harm reduction projects that are politically and financially supported by the federal government. The response among and from IDUs is a key element in overall control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The response to the epidemic among and from IDUs has been headed in the correct direction since its beginning and is now being intensively expanded.

Journal Article.  2591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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