HIV/AIDS among IDUs in Greece


In July 2011, Greece — historically a low HIV-prevalence country — reported an outbreak of new HIV infections among drug injectors (170 cases at the time of writing). Recent increases in new infections have also been reported by Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania, indicating a continued potential for HIV outbreaks among injecting drug users in some countries (see Figure INF-2 in the 2011 Statistical bulletin).

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Table of contents

  • Brief background on drug treatment and drug use reduction situation in Greece
  • Brief background of HIV in Greece, description of the outbreak
  • Possible hypothesis of the outbreak circumstances and risks of further
  • Steps taken until now and possible steps that should be taken to avoid further spread
  • Broader discussion of implications for harm reduction, drug treatment policies
  • Bibliography