Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK, 2019


28 Jan 2021 by Public Health England
Drug use in the United Kingdom is among the highest reported in Western Europe and people who inject drugs (PWID) experience stark health inequalities, with increased morbidity and early mortality. This report explores infections, as well as associated risks and behaviours, among people who inject drugs in the UK to the end of 2019. It also presents preliminary data on the impact of COVID-19 on PWID and services in 2020. According to the report: Chronic hepatitis C prevalence has continued to decline, however rates of new infection are unchanged; HIV levels are low but opportunities to drive it lower are being missed; hepatitis B remains rare, but vaccine uptake needs to be sustained; and preventable bacterial infections remain a problem.