Heroin Epidemic Fuels World AIDS Crisis
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Sat Jul 20 17:23:01 EDT 2002
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Pubdate: Fri, 12 Jul 2002
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)
Copyright: 2002 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Contact: letters at starbulletin.com
Author: Sabin Russell
Note: Sabin Russell is the Medical Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/heroin.htm (Heroin)
GLOBAL HEROIN USE FUELS AIDS EPIDEMIC
BARCELONA, Spain -- From the jungles of southeast Asia to the streets of
Moscow, the AIDS virus is riding on the back of a global heroin epidemic
and taking root among the most populous nations on Earth.
The link between HIV infection and injection drug use was one of the
earliest discoveries of the epidemic. But it is only recently that disease
trackers have detected signs of a rapidly spreading drug-related outbreak
in Eastern Europe and Asia that threatens to reach into the general population.
"Central Asia is a bomb waiting to explode," said Kasia
Malinowska-Sempruch, a native of Poland who directs a drug-related AIDS
program for the Open Society Institute, which urges that the world adopt
"harm reduction" tactics such as needle exchange programs that are credited
with rolling back an outbreak of HIV among drug users in San Francisco.
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