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Prevention of HIV transmission from injecting drug users to their wives.


Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1011 (abstract no. 60052). Unique Identifier :

ISSUE: The spouses of male injecting drug users in Manipur, India are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS through sexual route and the number of widows with children with poor health is also on the increase. Innovative and comprehensive approach is required to address their priority needs. PROJECT: A Comprehensive community based intervention project has been undertaken among IDUs and their sexual partners under Harm Reduction philosophy through Outreach Service. Strategies adopted are education, information and behaviour change communication through peer educators and outreach workers, community sensitisation, advocacy, care and support and socio-economic development of widows. RESULTS: 400 wives have been reached out. Education, information and counselling services have been provided to 148 wives and 23 of them can negotiate with their IDU husbands on safer sex. 109 out of 400 wives have become widows and socio-economic status of 30 widows have been improved. A self support group of windows have, also, been initiated. LESSONS LEARNED: Outreach is very effective specially when female and male workers reach out parallel to female and male clients respectively. Comprehensive approach enhance the prevention of HIV transmission.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Adult *Developing Countries Female *Health Education Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION India Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male Self-Help Groups Spouses/*EDUCATION Substance Abuse, Intravenous/*REHABILITATION Widowhood


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