People who inject drugs

IDU needles

Globally, around 13 million people inject drugs and 1.7 million of them are living with HIV. Injecting drug use accounts for approximately 10% of HIV infections globally and 30% of those outside of Africa. Regional HIV prevalence rates are high in people who inject drugs in all parts of the world (up to 15.5% in East and Southern Africa).

People who use drugs are also disproportionately affected by hepatitis C. The estimated global prevalence of hepatitis C in people who inject drugs is 67%. Further, worldwide there are approximately 2.2 million HIV–hepatitis C virus co-infections of which more than half are in people who inject drugs.