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NCJ Number: 122486 Find in a Library
Title: HIV Infection Among Drug Injectors in England
Journal: International Journal on Drug Policy  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(January/February 1990)  Pages:14-15
Corporate Author: Mersey Regional Health Authority
Drugs and HIV Monitoring Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Mersey Regional Health Authority
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The Mersey Regional Health Authority in England has developed a unique and comprehensive strategy for preventing HIV infection among intravenous drug users.
Abstract: Based on the recommendations of the government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the strategy focuses on maximizing contact with drug users to change their behaviors from such high-risk practices as sharing syringes and having unprotected sex. Comparisons of information from the Mersey Region and other regions indicate that Mersey is the highest in treatment rates of known drug addicts, the second highest rate among intravenous drug users, the lowest number of HIV-positive drug injectors, and the second lowest rate of HIV-positive drug injectors. In addition, research on the four largest syringe exchange programs shows some of the best results in the United Kingdom, with about 90 percent of used syringes returned and more than 90 percent of clients ceasing needle sharing. Figure, table, notes, and 4 references.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; England; Risk taking behavior
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