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Health Protection Agency, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, CDSC Northern Ireland, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour. (2010) Shooting up - Infections among injecting drug users in the United Kingdom 2009. An update: November 2010. London: Health Protection Agency.

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Key messages:
• Needle and syringe sharing has declined in recent years, but almost one-fifth of injecting drug users continue to share.
• Infections are common among injecting drug users. Around one-half of injecting drug users have been infected with hepatitis C, one-sixth with hepatitis B, and about one-third reported a symptom of a bacterial infection (such as a sore or abscess) at an injecting site in the past year.
• The prevalence of HIV among those who have injected drugs remains low and is estimated to be 1.5% overall in the UK. However, it varies across the country from 0.6% in Scotland to 4.1% in London.
• The prevalence of HIV among current injectors has increased from 0.7% to 1.5% over the past decade, and is now similar to the level found in the early 1990's.
• The uptake of HIV testing is improving, with three-quarters of injecting drug users now reporting that they have had a test; however, almost a third of injecting drug users with HIV remain unaware of their infection.
• The vast majority of HIV-infected injecting drug users in contact with specialist HIV treatment services are receiving antiretroviral therapy.


Date:2010
Pages:14 p.
Publisher:Health Protection Agency
Corporate Creators:Health Protection Agency, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, CDSC Northern Ireland, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health-related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > HIV prevention
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Drugs and alcohol prevention > Drugs and alcohol use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health-related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control

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