Evidence for the effectiveness of sterile injecting equipment provision in preventing hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus transmission among injecting drug users: a review of reviews

Norah Palmateer, J. Kimber, M. Hickman, S.J. Hutchinson, T. Rhodes, D.J. Goldberg

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to review the evidence on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions involving the provision of sterile injecting equipment in the prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission among injecting drug users (IDUs). The interventions assessed were needle and syringe programmes (NSP), alternative modes of needle/syringe provision (pharmacies, vending machines and outreach) and the provision of injecting equipment other than needles/syringes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-859
Number of pages16
JournalAddiction
Volume105
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • sterile equipment
  • injecting drug use
  • transmission

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