News
8/2/2013

IMIM: Heroin dependence treatment reduces HIV infections in Spain

IMIM: Heroin dependence treatment reduces HIV infections in Spain


The article has been published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the world’s leading public health journals and flagship periodical of the organization


 

Spain’s provision of methadone maintenance treatment for heroin dependence, combined with the distribution of sterile injecting equipment and access to treatment for AIDS, has led to a turnaround in the country’s HIV epidemic, according to a study published this month in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Marta Torrens, coordinator of the Substance Use Disorders Research Group at IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) is the lead author of the paper.

Spain’s experience in this area is relevant to other countries where illicit drug injection is a common problem, such as those in eastern Europe and central, southern and eastern Asia.

 

More information:

IMIM press release

IMIM nota de premsa (cat)