Sustained increase in the sharing of needles and syringes among drug users in England and Wales

Vivian D. Hope*, Pauline A. Rogers, Laura Jordan, Thomas C. Paine, Sharon Barnett, John Parry, O. Nöel Gill

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Abstract

Monitoring injecting drug users risk behaviours is important because changes in these can rapidly increase blood-borne virus transmission rates. In England and Wales needle and syringe sharing in the previous month has been monitored through annual cross-sectional surveys since 1991. After declining in the early 1990s, the proportion sharing increased significantly between 1997 and 2000. This, and an apparent increase in hepatitis B transmission, indicates that injectors are at an increasing risk of infection with blood-borne viruses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2494-2496
Number of pages3
JournalAIDS
Volume16
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2002

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