AIVL, the Australian Injecting & illicit Drug Users League, commissioned research in 2009 in which the majority of people interviewed said they thought it was acceptable to discriminate against people who use drugs.
When interviewed, women who use drugs cited judgement and discrimination as a key reason behind their reluctance to seek out health services for a range of health conditions, including chronic diseases like HIV and Hepatitis. AIVL believes that equal access to health care and health services is a human right and not a reward for “good” behaviour.
Women often play a key role in influencing beliefs and values in their communities. This book encourages women to question stigma and discrimination against women drug users and challenge this wherever it may occur.
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