Women who use drugs: resistance and resilience in the face of HIV


Speaking Up!

This article is part of 50.50’s long running series on AIDS Gender and Human Rights. It was firstly published on Open Democracy on 23 June 2014.

One of the key themes of this year’s International AIDS conference is the centrality of involving key populations in the response to HIV, and to address many of the challenges they face, especially at a legal and policy level. The World Health Organisation  defines key populations as ‘men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs and sex workers. Most-at-risk populations are disproportionately affected by HIV in most, if not all, epidemic contexts.‘  WHO also recognises that people living with HIV have to be recognised as a key population in all HIV epidemics.

I have been going to the International AIDS Conferences since 2006 ( when I was awarded a scholarship for the first time),  however this year I…

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