Key findings

  • Sharing needles/syringes and injecting equipment poses a substantial risk to HCV transmission among PWID.
  • While needle/syringe sharing is low among PWID, equipment sharing is far more common.
  • Those who have tested positive to HCV antibodies are 7.5 times more likely to receptively share needles/syringes than those who tested negative to HCV antibodies, thereby putting themselves at increased risk.
  • Harm minimisation interventions and public health messages need to target this behaviour to reduce the risk of HCV infection.

Resources

Author(s)

Kerryn Butler and Lucinda Burns
Date Commenced
10 Jul 2015
Resource Type
Drug Trends Bulletins