Reducing HIV infection in people who inject drugs is impossible without targeting recently-infected subjects

by Tetyana I. Vasylyeva, Samuel R. Friedman, Jose Lourenco et al.
AIDS, 2016 Nov 28;30(18):2885-2890

6 pp. 508 kB

Although our understanding of viral transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID) has improved, we still know little about when and how many times each injector transmits HIV throughout the duration of infection. The authors describe HIV dynamics in PWID to evaluate which preventive strategies can be efficient. They conclude that as a large proportion of transmissions among PWID occur within 1 month after infection, reducing and delaying transmissions through scale-up of harm reduction programmes should always form the backbone of HIV control strategies in PWID. Growing PWID populations in the developing world, where primary prevention is scarce, constitutes a public health time bomb.

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