Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy: 2010–2013

6.2.1 Needle and syringe programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Page last updated: July 2010

The coverage, availability and accessibility of new injecting equipment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who inject drugs is an important factor in the transmission of BBVs. Improving access to and the availability of clean injecting equipment through mainstream NSPs and continued support and encouragement of ACCHS to distribute clean injecting equipment is therefore an important continuing priority action for this strategy. The prevalence of hepatitis C infection is unevenly geographically distributed in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.10 Mapping injecting patterns and NSP services are important related activities for ensuring that NSP services expand in communities where injecting drug use is most prevalent.

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10National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research 2009.