Australia Clean-Needle Program Keeping HIV at Bay
January 25, 2011
The early, widespread use of needle and syringe programs (NSPs) in Australia has managed to keep down HIV prevalence among injection drug users, a new study suggests. To prevent an HIV epidemic among IDUs, Australia began setting up NSPs in 1986. In Australia's NSPs, IDUs do not have to turn in used sharps in return for sterile injecting supplies.
"Variables independently associated with antibody seropositivity were homosexual or bisexual identity; male sex; older age at first injection; and survey participation between 1995 and 1997 rather than later periods," reported Libby Topp, of Australia's National Center in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and colleagues.
01.23.2011; Amy Norton
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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