An estimated 100,000 people are now living with HIV in the UK and it is reported that, almost a one third of people are unaware of their (positive) infection status.
Viral hepatitis – i.e. HBV and HCV continues to rise amongst drug users and patterns of injecting drug use are changing. Equally, the number of sexually transmitted infection (STI) notifications increase year on year.
It is therefore time to question the efficacy of current interventions. Harm reduction services continue to play a vital role in public health, in minimising the spread of blood borne viruses (and STIs).
This one-day training module introduces participants to the key issues surrounding blood borne virus infection: prevention; transmission; screening; vaccination and treatment.
To understand concept of harm reduction in relation to BBVs
To provide an overview of the Health Protection Agency: "Shooting Up" Report - November, 2013
To understand BBVs - their effects and prevalence
To understand the changing patterns of drug use
To identify effective prevention and treatment interventions with people who inject drugs
To improve knowledge re: treatment options & vaccinations
To understand HIV and Viral Hepatitis disease progression
To enable good practice and awareness of screening issues
To enable confidence in assessment, and asking questions around BBVs and risk factors
To improve professional practice and enable identification of local care pathways
These five new colourful, reasonably priced leaflets are easy to read and bang up to date. They will help keep actual and potential users as safe as possible and are also informative for professionals and the public at large. They all include sections on: what the drug is the laws…