Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK 2011. An update: November 2012


Nov 2012 by Health Protection Agency
People who inject drugs (PWID) are vulnerable to a wide range of viral and bacterial infections. These infections can result in high levels of illness and in death, so public health surveillance of infectious diseases and the associated risk and protective behaviours among this group are important. This report describes time trends on the extent of infections among PWID in the UK to the end of 2011. This year’s report focuses on hepatitis B virus infection but also contains updates on hepatitis C, HIV and bacterial infections.