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  • Women who inject drugs: A review of their risks, experiences and needs

    Posted on January 12th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Women who inject drugs have substantially different needs and face higher risks of disease and violence than do men who inject drugs.  Given this difference, it is surprising that much of the literature on injection drug users (IDU) does not distinguish between men and women when discussing prevalence, needs, risks and outcomes of injection.

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  • Women, Harm Reduction, and HIV

    Posted on November 11th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Women who use drugs face a dual challenge: They are more vulnerable to both sexually and injection-transmitted HIV infection than male drug users, and they encounter greater obstacles to accessing the services they need. This paper summarizes the results of field assessments of women’s access to harm reduction, antiretroviral, and reproductive health services in five countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia (St. Petersburg
    and seven regions), and Ukraine.

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  • Nowhere to go: How stigma limits the options of female drug users after release from jail

    Posted on June 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Drug and alcohol using women leaving prison or jail face many challenges to successful re-integration in the community and are severely hampered in their efforts by the stigma of drug or alcohol use compounded by the stigma of incarceration. The study concludes stigma based on drug use and incarceration works to increase the needs of women
    for health and social services and at the same time, restricts their access to these services. These specific forms of stigma may amplify gender and race-based stigma. Punitive drug and social policies related to employment, housing, education, welfare, and mental health and substance abuse treatment make it extremely difficult for women to succeed.

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