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Bringing science and advocacy together to address health needs of people who inject drugs

Dawson, Liza; Strathdee, Steffanie A.; London, Alex John; Lancaster, Kathryn E.; Klitzman, Robert L.; Hoffman, Irving; Rose, Scott; Sugarman, Jeremy

In crafting our paper on addressing the ethical challenges in HIV prevention research with people who inject drugs (PWID),1 we had hoped to stimulate further discussion and deliberation about the topic. We are pleased that three commentaries on our paper have begun this process.2 3 4 The commentaries rightly bring up important issues relating to community engagement and problems in translating research into practice in the fraught environments in which PWID face multiple risks. These risks include acquisition of HIV as well as criminalisation, stigma and lack of access to needed healthcare, prevention and social services. We take this opportunity to respond to the excellent points raised by the commentators.

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Journal of Medical Ethics
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2017-104591

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Psychiatry
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July 15, 2020