Drug War Fuels HIV Spike

The Philippines’ hardline policy against illegal drugs may be facilitating transmission of HIV, which has increased by 220% over the last 5 years.
The crackdown has stressed the country’s meager network of rehabilitation centers and its already overcrowded prisons, and forced the discontinuation of once successful needle-exchange programs. As a result, intravenous drug users are increasingly sharing needles in shooting galleries. In the city of Cebu, needle sharing likely led to 74% of the 1,366 HIV infections recorded in 2014. Meanwhile, health care workers want to create more rehab programs and reinstate needle-exchange programs.
Deutsche Welle

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