August 8, 2014

WE ARE DRUG USERS: VOICES FROM THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS

The recent 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne featured a screening of "We are drug users: Voices from the global movement of people who use drugs" - the story of drug user activism throughout the world.  When HIV was first identified in the early 1980's, it was clear that any effective response had to involve the engagement of the communities most impacted by the virus.  In Australia, drug user organisations were formed around the country - QuIVAA in Queensland and similar organisations in most states and territories.  This documentary tells the story of similar drug user organisations and activism throughout the world.  Drug user organisations have been crucial to the HIV response - developing peer education programs, fighting stigma and discrimination, and advocating for greater access to harm reduction services.

Watch "We are drug users: Voices from the global movement of people who use drugs" here.