The Reference Group provides independent advice and technical assistance on matters related to injecting drug use (IDU) and HIV to the United Nations, primarily to UNODC, WHO and the UNAIDS Secretariat.
The Reference Group is currently comprised of 47 members, internationally recognised experts from 20 countries, working in the field of injecting drug use and HIV and includes clinicians, researchers in epidemiology and policy as well as injecting drug user representatives.
The Reference Group and the Reference Group Secretariat collects and analyses global data on injecting drug use and HIV, as well as the coverage of HIV prevention, treatment and care services for people who inject drugs.
This website presents information on the Reference Group, the reports it has produced, and its substantial and growing data holdings on the epidemiology of injecting drug use, HIV and the global response.
We hope that the information presented here will be useful in increasing knowledge around injecting drug use and HIV. We also hope that this information will stimulate debate and critical analysis both on the data themselves and also the story they tell in terms of the scale of the issue and the response to it.
We welcome your feedback on the website and the data presented and encourage you to contact the Reference Group Secretariat to comment or if you wish to provide addition data to be considered by the Reference Group for inclusion in these data holdings.
The Reference Group undertook a large-scale systematic review of available data on the provision of HIV prevention, treatment and care services for people who inject drugs, in order to derive national, regional and global level estimates of service coverage. Worldwide coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services in IDU populations is very low. There is an urgent need to improve coverage of these services in this at-risk population. More...