Lethal Violations: Human Rights Abuses Faced by Injection Drug Users in the Era of HIV/AIDS

  • Author: Joanne Csete and Jonathan Cohen


The HIV/AIDS epidemic has attained proportions far beyond the scale that was ever imagined when the virus that drives it was discovered. By some estimates, hundreds of millions of persons may die before the disease is brought under control. Those most affected by HIV/AIDS in most parts of the world-sex trade workers, men who have sex with men, injection drug users, prisoners and migrant workers, for example—are persons who faced social marginalization and discrimination long before there was AIDS.

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