Journal Article

Obstacles to the Development of Prevention and Public Health Policies in Argentina

Graciela Touzé

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue Supplement_5, pages S372-S375
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/377557
Obstacles to the Development of Prevention and Public Health Policies in Argentina

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The spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic and its impact in the injection drug user population occurred while the social assistance of the State diminished and poverty increased within the Argentinean population. Five main obstacles have been identified for the development of HIV infection/AIDS prevention policies for injection drug users: the scarce development of research and its poor impact in the definition of governmental policies, the characteristics of the legal framework regarding illegal drug use, the orientation of the health and social care services directed to drug users, deficiencies in the training of technicians and professionals related to these issues, and problems in assigning existing resources. International agencies play a very important role in this context. The project “Prevention of HIV Infection in Injection Drug Users in the Southern Cone,” financially supported by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, is presented as an example.

Journal Article.  2372 words.  Illustrated.

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

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