The Sixth National HIV Strategy

5.7 People who inject drugs

Page last updated: July 2010

HIV prevention among people who inject drugs has been highly successful in Australia. This success has been underpinned by the early introduction and maintenance of NSPs and the contribution of peer-based education and drug-user organisations in HIV prevention.

Despite this early success, however, injecting drug users are still a priority population because rates of HIV among this group are sensitive to even small adjustments in the availability of injecting equipment.