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Archival Content: 1999-2005

A Comprehensive Approach:
Preventing Blood-Borne Infections Among Injection Drug Users

Chapter 3 Section 4: Conclusion

Preventing Blood-Borne Infections Among Injection Drug Users: A Comprehensive Approach has described a critically important public health problem now facing our nation. The intersecting epidemics of injection drug use and blood-borne pathogen infection present multiple, long-term challenges that demand immediate action. If this problem is to be effectively addressed, many different groups, organizations, and individuals must work singly and together to focus on both epidemics. We hope that the comprehensive approach presented here provides some new ways of thinking about the problem and about IDUs, some starting points for dialogue and collaboration, and some avenues for constructive action. Injection drug users, their sex partners, and their children have much to gain from this new thinking, collaboration, and action. Neighborhoods, communities, and the nation also have a major stake in the success of these efforts, for reduced drug use and reduced HIV and viral hepatitis transmission have concrete and long-lasting benefits- safer streets, healthier people, and a more productive society.

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