In this volume, international contributors discuss the philosophical basis and history of harm reduction policies and examine their outcomes. They also cover controversial topics related to harm reduction especially conflicts between the public health system, where most programs are located, and a worldwide criminal justice system that further marginalizes drug users. The book describes programs from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia.

The Harm Reduction Movement in Brazil: Issues and Experiences

The harm reduction movement in Brazil: Issues and experiences
Hilary L.SurrattPaulo R.Telles

In Brazil, harm reduction is a relatively new phenomenon. Thus, little has been documented about the scope, experience, or effectiveness of harm reduction strategies. What is clear, however, is that the concept in the Brazilian context is far more narrowly focused than in other parts of the world, and it has emerged specifically in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among injection drug users.

Hiv/Aids Prevention Strategies in Brazil

Brazil ranks second in the world in the number of reported cases of AIDS, with 116,389 cases identified as of August 1997 (Brazilian Ministry of Health, 1997a). Although men who have sex with men have represented the largest exposure category ...

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