International AIDS Society


INPUD Asia: the importance of drug policy advocacy to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission

F. Fredy

Issues: More than 50% of people who inject drugs infected by HIV/AIDS in parts of Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, and the state of Manipur. An estimated 7.4 million people (range: 5.0-10.5 million) in Asia are living with HIV. Drug Prohibition is war on health, in Asia the spread of HIV/AIDS among IDU’s is very fast. Drug Prohibition oppressed people who inject drugs in all aspect.
Description: INPUD (International Network of People who Use Drugs) Asia is a regional network for people who use drugs (PUD) in Asia to gather collective voice for drug users. It is an information and support network of drug users, which is dedicated to improve the health, human rights and the welfare of PUD. As PUD activists we want to establish our rights and reclaim the right to be our own spokespersons striving for self-representation and self-empowerment.
Lessons learned: As an emerging regional network, INPUD Asia is growing. Nowadays INPUD Asia already had members from many countries in Asia. INPUD Asia uses a mailing list for communication and information sharing. INPUD Asia also contributes as consultation committee at the 1st Asian Consultation on the prevention HIV related of Drugs in Goa, India. The Beyond 2008 regional Civil Society Consultation for East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific that held in Macau, also invited INPUD Asia to review UNGASS on Drugs 1998.
Next steps: Even all drugs are potentially dangerous and all drugs use is intrinsically risky, Drug Prohibition is not a policy based on evidence of effectiveness to reduce HIV /AIDS. Drug policy should be based on reality and adapt to change the circumstances. Drug Policy is primarily a public health issue and should seek to reduce drug related harm to Reduce HIV/AIDS transmission.

AIDS 2008 - XVII International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. CDE0118

Suggested Citation
" F. Fredy INPUD Asia: the importance of drug policy advocacy to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission. : AIDS 2008 - XVII International AIDS Conference: Abstract no. CDE0118"