NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Protection Unit is advising all injecting drug users to take precautions following the recent diagnosis of six cases of HIV among people living in Glasgow who inject drugs.
Injecting drug users are reminded not to share needles or other drug injecting equipment and to use a sterile set of equipment for each injection. NHSGGC also reminds this group of the importance of using condoms to practice safer sex.
Public health consultant Eleanor Anderson explained: “It is important for injecting drug users to engage with the wide range of services we offer designed to help them tackle their addictions. However for those who continue to inject we remind them to take all the safety precautions necessary to protect themselves and others.”
Sterile injecting equipment is available from a number of sites, including community pharmacies and drug services so injectors can access sterile needles syringes and other equipment regularly and easily. Free condoms are also offered in a wide range of settings across the city, including community pharmacies and sexual health services. For more information, visit: http://www.freecondomsglasgowandclyde.org/
Anyone who is concerned about HIV can arrange free and confidential testing at range of settings including:
• Sandyford Services, including Sandyford Central, community hubs and satellite services tel: 0141 201 8130 or visit: http://www.sandyford.org/sandyford-services.aspx
• The Brownlee Centre tel: 0141 211 1089
• Alternatively anyone concerned can contact their GP or local addiction services tel: 0141 276 6600 to arrange testing.
Notes for Editors
Injecting drug use is associated with an increased risk of acquiring blood borne viruses. Sharing needles, syringes and other injecting drug equipment can spread HIV, hepatitis and other diseases
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]