ARAS van parked on pre-determined location in Bucharest. This association with funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provided the supply of needles, syringes and condoms for people who use drugs. Within few minutes, people who use drugs gather around the bus. There are different types of people and stories. Among them there are two fifteen year old children, pregnant woman, forty-year-old man who used to live and grow up in orphanage institution at the time of Ceausescu regime and he had seen his mother only once in his life. The same person is expelled from the institution for children without parents or parental care due to the use of glue and for 25 years he is living on the street. They ask for condoms, but after the discontinued funds from the Global Fund in 2010, ARAS could no longer provide condoms.
People say they do not pay any more attention to whether you borrow needles to each other, or not because there is not enough needles. Some of them collect the used needles and sell them to obtain a sterile one, but they are not sure whether is really sterile. Some of the needles are used several times, although perhaps somebody else was previously using. A van with a doctor and a social worker 5-6 days a week is running through Bucharest and supply sterile needles for 5000-15000 users. Not enough.