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People Who Use Drugs

People who use drugs who are living with HIV and/or Viral Hepatitis co-infection face multiple barriers to treatment access, adherence and success. Punitive laws that criminalize people who use drugs create barriers between people and available services and supports by pushing people to hide their use of drugs and related health concerns from providers. Discriminatory treatment by health service providers can deter people from seeking the services they need and from communicating their concerns and needs with their providers.

Mental health can also influence the willingness of people living with HIV who use drugs to actively manage their treatments. The life circumstances of many people who use drugs may render adherence to HIV treatment challenging and undesirable.

The Tools for Access curriculum for people who use drugs and their service providers includes content for raising awareness and fostering compassion towards people who use drugs. By building greater understanding among service providers of the life circumstances affecting people who use drugs, the workshops and materials will equip providers with the knowledge they need to better serve and support their clients.  Tools for Access workshops for people living with HIV who are active drugs users will provide education on the law, human rights, strategies and tools for accessing the treatment, care and support they are entitled to as people living with HIV in Canada.

TFA Curriculum

TFA Fact Sheet