Today, is World AIDS Day — a day to advocate for policies that stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In honor of it, I would like to note that when the world’s top AIDS researchers and advocates met in Vienna this summer, number one on their agenda was stopping the international war on drugs.
Why? Because the AIDS epidemic is fueled by dirty needle use in the drug underground. A drug war that advocates harsh incarceration policies drives addicts underground, where they have limited access to clean needles. A science-based, harm reduction approach to fighting addiction would allow addicts to come out of the underground and help halt the spread of AIDS, they said.
Read more about the “Vienna Declaration” here.