There is an ongoing outbreak of HIV within NHSGGC among people who inject drugs. Transmission of HIV occurs primarily via the sharing of injecting equipment or unprotected sex. Specific risk factors linked to the outbreak include homelessness, public injecting, and cocaine use (alone or in addition to opiates).
Many of those diagnosed as part of the outbreak have acquired their infection recently (in the 3-4 months prior to testing) and have also had a negative HIV test within the last year. If the outbreak is to be addressed it is essential that levels of HIV testing are increased.
Anyone with a history of drug injecting should be tested for Blood Borne Viruses. Those with ongoing risks should be tested every 3 months.
For further information or support in relation to the outbreak or testing, please contact Julie Craik - Public Health Programme Manager [email protected]
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