HIV prevention in drug users: technical guide in Russian now available

Technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users, 2012 revisionThe "Technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users, 2012 revision" was first published in 2009. It sets targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users and defines a comprehensive package of interventions for harm reduction. Since the publication of the first edition in 2009, the technical guide has been endorsed by high-level political bodies including the UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. In addition, donor agencies, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), have committed to using this framework.

The technical guide was revised in 2012, and in January 2013 the revised edition was published in the English language. The revisions were informed by a pilot study of the first guide in five countries undertaken in 2010, a global review of available data and relevant data collection systems, and consultations with experts from around the world.

The revised technical guide has now become available in the Russian language. It can be accessed on the WHO headquarters website for HIV/AIDS.