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At an underground slum in Tirana, heroin user Armand is rotting from the outside in. He has thrombosis in both legs and must now inject into his thighs, the most dangerous place, but the only part of his body with working veins.<br />
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His chance of an overdose is now much higher, but he continues to inject. "I don't have the strength to quit," he says. "The drug is stronger than me, and the pain of withdrawal is worse than the pain in my legs."<br />
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Albania's HIV epidemic is concentrated among injecting drug users and other high-risk groups, but has the potential to spread into the rest of the population. The NGO Stop AIDS, supported by UNICEF, offers information and health services to heroin addicts in the capital Tirana to reduce their chances of becoming infected.

At an underground slum in Tirana, heroin user Armand is rotting from the outside in. He has thrombosis in both legs and must now inject into his thighs, the most dangerous place, but the only part of his body with working veins.

His chance of an overdose is now much higher, but he continues to inject. "I don't have the strength to quit," he says. "The drug is stronger than me, and the pain of withdrawal is worse than the pain in my legs."

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