Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

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Shooting Up
This annual national report describes trends in the extent of infections and associated risks and behaviours among people who inject drugs in the UK to the end of 2014. This information is essential to understanding the extent of these infections, the risk factors for their acquisition, and for monitoring the effectiveness of prevention measures.

Main points

  • Changing patterns of psychoactive drug injection are increasing risk
  • Bacterial infections continue to be a problem
  • Half of those with hepatitis C remain unaware of their status
  • Hepatitis B remains rare, but vaccine uptake has stopped improving
  • HIV levels remain low overall and the uptake of care is good
  • Provision of effective interventions needs to be maintained