Improving knowledge, changing attitudes, fostering collaboration : a report on the HIV Prevention Among Injection Drug Users Technical Assistance Project 1998-2005
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Improving knowledge, changing attitudes, fostering collaboration : a report on the HIV Prevention Among Injection Drug Users Technical Assistance Project 1998-2005

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      This is the story of a 6-year project to improve HIV prevention among injection drug users (IDUs), a high-risk and stigmatized group in the United States.

      In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked on a variety of fronts to improve the scope, quality, and availability of programs to prevent HIV and other blood-borne infections among IDUs. The 1998-2005 HIV Prevention Among Injection Drug Users Project for CDC-funded HIV prevention partners was one such effort.

      The underlying goal of the Project was to give agencies and organizations a better understanding of IDUs and the influences on their risk behaviors and a more thorough grasp of available strategies for addressing blood-borne infections among IDUs. Through four types of technical assistance (TA)—publications; responding to requests; websites; and active participation in meetings, conferences, and working groups—the Project aimed to help organizations design and carry out productive and realistic HIV and viral hepatitis interventions and policies.

      The Project developed 45 publications, in English and Spanish, which have been used by health departments, community-based organizations, community planning groups, researchers, and many others. These publications included a strategy document, a summary brochure, and five sets of fact sheets. They explained the components of a comprehensive approach to preventing blood- borne infections among IDUs and discussed a number of specific topics, including viral hepatitis; substance abuse treatment; access to sterile syringes; syringe disinfection; and drug use, HIV, and the criminal justice system.

      In 2000, the Project launched a technical assistance system, which included telephone and in-person consultations, training meetings and workshops, reviews of materials and products, referrals to subject matter experts, and pro- vision of IDU materials and information. Since the system’s inception, the Project has responded to 28 requests from 20 states and cities and has provided 135 services in 16 different topic areas.

      This document was prepared under Contract Number 200-97-0605 Task 79 by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) Center on AIDS & Community Health with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). AED is an independent, nonprofit organization that addresses health and human development needs through education, communication, and technical assistance.

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