Injecting Drug Users and HIV Worldwide

in Substance Abuse

The 2013 World Drug Report stated that there were 14 million people around the world between the ages of 15 – 64 who inject illegal drugs into their bodies in 2011.

Out of that total number of drug users, up to 1.6 million people are living with HIV.

Based on 2008 statistics, the number of injecting drug users was down 12 percent, and the number of injecting drug users living with HIV was down 46 percent.

Source:  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “World Drug Report 2013,” Executive Summary, June 2013, page ix.

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