Let’s keep talking about it
While we may think in Australia, we have dodged a bullet and that HIV transmission is something that injecting drug users don’t need to think about. We have to remember that HIV transmission, even though it is relatively low among injecting drug users, is nonetheless increasing among some populations of injecting drug users. The numbers of people who have caught HIV due to injecting drug use has risen over the past few years.
So be blood aware and re-examine how you use. Being blood aware we can all help to prevent the spread of HIV and Viral Hepatitis.
The Deadly Liver Mob Project
The Deadly Liver Mob Project (DLM) is an initiative of the Western Sydney Local Health District harm reduction team. The project’s aim was to address poor attendance at the needle and syringe program and adjacent sexual health clinic in Western Sydney by local Aboriginal people. The DLM incorporates a peer driven intervention with incentives to encourage BBV education If you would like to know more about DLM check out the Australian Indigenous Health Net website.
More information on HIV and Viral Hepatitis
Checkout the following links for more information:
Hepatitis Summary Table (pdf)
New Treatments (pdf)