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2011 International Harm Reduction Conference

Methadone and buprenorphine are life saving medicines that reduce dependency on heroin and the sharing of contaminated syringes. Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe are carrying that message to Beirut, Lebanon, where the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) will hold its 22nd annual conference April 3 to 7, 2011.

This is the first time that IHRA will be gathering harm reduction experts in the Middle East and North Africa. Few countries in the region have introduced harm reduction strategies, and the theme of this year’s event is “Building Capacity, Redressing Neglect.” In February, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria announced it would fund twelve nations in the region, including Lebanon, to rollout new harm reduction efforts, such as needle syringe exchange and opioid substitution therapy, such as methadone and buprenorphine. With an estimated 1 million injection drug users in the Middle East and North Africa, that’s great news!

Join Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe in Beirut to help get the word out on how vital methadone and buprenorphine are for saving lives! More information on the IHRA conference can be found on its website.

Keep up with them on Twitter to see where they fly to next!

2010 International AIDS Conference

In July 2010, Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe descended upon the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria to help draw attention to the millions of people around the world waiting for their chance to lead longer and healthier lives.

For six steamy, hot days in July, the OST duo held court at their very own booth as thousands of fans stopped by to snap photos and pick up literature, t-shirts, stickers and wristbands. Methadone Man and Bupe Babe also participated in the human rights rally with thousands of supporters as they all marched down the streets of Vienna to help raise awareness about HIV, and the benefits of methadone and buprenorphine treatment.

Check out the photo archive here to see them in action.

About the International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference, which takes place every two years, brings together many thousands of people committed to ending the HIV pandemic – including policymakers, health care workers, researchers, activists, and persons living with HIV.