The National Centre in HIV Social Research and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW announce the release of an updated jointly produced research brief: Injecting drug use among Aboriginal people in NSW.
This research brief describes patterns of injecting drug use and blood borne virus (BBV)-related risk practices among a sample of Aboriginal people who inject drugs (PWID) who were recruited from pharmacies in NSW. Compared to non-Aboriginal respondents, Aboriginal respondents had significantly more risk factors for the acquisition of hepatitis C, including being more likely to have been in prison in the previous year, inject on a daily basis, share ancillary equipment, and have poorer hepatitis C-related knowledge. Importantly, Aboriginal respondents were no more or less likely to have used services such as hepatitis C testing and drug treatment.
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