Getting High, Getting Laid: Harm Reduction Sessions by Alliance India, Tuesday, 24 July

We invite you today (Tuesday, July 24, Global Village Harm Reduction Zone, 4.30 – 6.00pm) for the panel discussion on Living Harm Reduction: Lessons Learned from three Continent at AIDS 2012.

Organised by IDPC and the Alliance, the panel will discuss the work of Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) and will include India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Charanjit Sharma, Program Manager for Hridaya, the CAHR program in India. This session will give an overview of this unique and ambitious project being implemented in five countries (India, China, Kenya, Indonesia and Malaysia) with presentations on the findings of the baseline research data on drug use patterns and services in these project areas, the policy and legislative barriers faced, project challenges and recent achievements.

CAHR aims to expand harm reduction services to more 160,000 drug users annually with prevention services that include counseling, needle syringe programme, condom provision and safe sex education. The main focus of CAHR is to provide HIV and harm reduction services to people who use drugs and their families in the five listed countries.  It involves people who use drugs (PWUD) in the design and delivery of services, and is developing advocacy plans to advance the human rights of PWUD.  There is a strong focus on building the local capacity of community based organisations and sharing knowledge about what works.

Today Alliance India’s work with PWUD (Hridaya) and MSM, Transgenders and hijras (Pehchan) are being dicussed at AIDS 2012. If you are at AIDS 2012, do pen down in your calendar to attend the oral poster session! Please click on the specific title to view or download the posters.

Sexual behaviour of men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders and hijras with female partners: An analysis of data from the baseline survey of the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India                                                                             Oral Poster: Tuesday, July 24, Mini Room 10, 1:00-2:00pm

Getting High, Getting Laid: Injecting practices and sexual behavior of People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in three Indian states: Findings from the Hridaya baseline study Oral Poster: Tuesday, July 24, Mini Room 10, 1:00-2:00pm

Visit us at booth #102 to learn more about the Alliance’s work in India and around the world, pick up copies of our latest publications. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We look forward in connecting with you at AIDS 2012! If you have any questions, please contact us at


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