Austria statement on demand reduction

Austria welcomes the Political Declaration.

Austria has a comprehensive drug demand reduction policy, and follows a diverse approach. Harm reduction and OST has increased. OST is ‘an integral part’ of the services offered. There is also a strong focus on rehabilitation and social reintegration

The prevention of blood-borne viruses has been a central health policy issue for many years. The HIV infection rate been significantly reduced. Currently, HCV rates among injecting drug users are up to 63%, and HBV at 22%. NEP, safer sex, HBV vaccination are part if the approach. Condoms, disinfectants and OST are available in prison.

Austria welcomes AIDS 2010 which will be held in Vienna.

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