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Red Cross pushes new AIDS strategies

11-27-2010 13:43 BJT Special Report:World AIDS Day |

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The spread of HIV and AIDS among millions of people can be slowed if addicts who inject drugs are treated as medical patients rather than as criminals.

That's according to the International Federation of the Red Cross in a 24-page report released just ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1st.

More than 3 million people who inject drugs now have HIV - almost one-tenth of all the 33.3 million people worldwide who are infected with HIV.

The Red Cross is hoping to promote a new strategy for nations to stop the spread of the virus among injecting drug users. The report recommends more governments provide health services such as substitute drug therapy and clean needle and syringe exchanges.

It says studies consistently show that needle exchanges can lower transmission rates by as much as 42 percent. But the report also noted there are still 7,000 new infections each day.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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