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After Decades of Silence, Drug Users Gain Seat At AIDS Conference

Intravenous drug users at the International AIDS Conference say their particular needs have been overlooked in broad efforts to stem the spread of the virus. But that has changed this year, as a group of drug users has been allowed space in the venue. They hope their presence and their voices will lead to greater progress in the fight against AIDS. Ruth says she has heard every argument against her longtime heroin use. “People who use drugs aren’t aliens. They aren’t bent on...

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