Journal article

Blood-borne viruses and risk behaviours among injecting drug users recruited from needle and syringe programs in Victoria's Eastern Metropolitan Region

MSC Lim, K Sundaram, CK Altken, ME Hellard

Australian Journal of Primary Health | Published : 2007

Abstract

Little has been reported about the risk behaviour and service accessibility of injecting drug users (IDU) living beyond the inner suburbs of Melbourne. This study describes IDUs in the Department of Human Services' Eastern metropolitan region (EMR), including the prevalence of blood-borne viruses and risk behaviours. Fifty-two IDUs were recruited directly from EMR Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP) and through snowball recruitment. IDUs completed a questionnaire and provided a finger-prick blood specimen that was tested for the presence of HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibodies. No participants were HIV antibody positive; 29 (56%) were HCV antibody positive. HCV seropositivity was associa..

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