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HIV testing

The HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs in Glasgow highlights the need to maintain HIV testing in this population even when the risk of HIV is perceived as low and despite other priorities for the individual. It was identified that in some services blood-borne virus testing for this population had been focused on hepatitis C, potentially delaying recognition of new cases of HIV. In response to the outbreak, HIV testing has been increased.

Christopher Wren

Christopher Wren (him of St Paul’s Cathedral fame) is the first person recorded to have used intravenous injecting in Britain. In 1656 he experimented by injecting dogs with opium and other substances. He also attempted to inject humans, including ‘the (unfortunate) delinquent servant of a foreign ambassador’…

Breaking the ice

Mouth sores and infections can be common among people who regularly use methamphetamine. It is important to maintain good oral health, brush and floss your teeth regularly. Drink water or fruit juice or chew gum to keep your mouth moist and to reduce cracks, blisters and clenching. For people who smoke methamphetamine it is important to protect your lips (lip balm will help protect and heal chapped lips), and to use your own equipment and not share it with others.

Respect

Ensure staff are competent to deliver the service on offer. As a minimum, this should include awareness training on the need for discretion and the need to respect the privacy and confidentiality of people who inject drugs. It should also include training on how to treat people in a non-judgmental way.

Learn to inject

It is extremely important for regular injectors—particularly those who are physically dependent—to be able to prepare and safely inject drugs on their own. Having to rely on someone else to get you off can open the door to all kinds of abuse: don’t let anyone have this much power and control over you or your ability to function. Learn how to safely and properly inject yourself!

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Nigel Brunsdon

Nigel Brunsdon

Nigel’s day job is being the Community Manager at HIT, he also runs the injectingadvice.com website and a number of other online harm reduction projects. In his spare time he can be found hiding behind a camera.

Craig Harvey

Craig Harvey

Craig is a committed harm reductionist, having worked primarily with people who inject drugs for two decades, both in the United Kingdom and Australia. A surfer, climber and wannabe novelist, he sometimes takes photographs too.

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