We read with interest the recent article by Kesten et al. (2017) which explored the acceptability of low dead space syringes (LDSS) among people who inject drugs (PWID) and Needle and Syringe Exchange Programme staff, and the implications of their introduction. This research concluded that detachable LDSS are likely to be acceptable and that their introduction should be accompanied by an intervention which incorporates training, education, persuasion and restriction components.
- HIV outbreak
- low dead space syringes
- injecting drug use
McAuley, A., Campbell, J., Milosevic, C., Hunter, C., & Goldberg, D. J. (2017). Implementation of low dead space syringes in response to an outbreak of HIV among people who inject drugs: a response to Kesten et al. International Journal of Drug Policy, 43, 140-141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.01.019