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STUDY 2008 HTM file
Adequate needle exchange helps prevent bacterial as well as viral infections
US study suggest that needle exchanges which make adequate supplies of injecting equipment plus advice easily accessible not only prevent viral infections but also bacterial infections and abscesses, relieving a major burden on health services.
REVIEW 2003 PDF file 1150Kb
Hepatitis C and needle exchange part 1: The dimensions of the challenge
First part of the series established that hepatitis C has already infected a substantial minority of British injectors and is spreading rapidly due to continued risk behaviour allied with the robustness, infectivity and prevalence of the virus.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 193Kb
Addressing heavy drinking by needle exchange users could reduce infection risk
Under two hours of risk assessment and motivational sessions cut heavy drinking and equipment sharing among exchange attenders, offering a way to further reduce the risks of overdose, viral infection and the aggravation of pre-existing hepatitis disease.
OFFCUT 2002 PDF file 236Kb
Syringe exchange bolstered by heavyweight support from the UN and the USA
Agencies across the UN agree that needle exchanges reduce HIV risk without encouraging injecting while a less than well publicised statement from the US Surgeon General and senior US scientists notes conclusive evidence of the same benefits.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Needle exchange coverage key to reducing infection risk
Californian research demonstrating that needle exchanges which prioritise giving out as much injecting equipment as needed have visitors who are more adequately supplied which in turn reduces the risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 163Kb
Change of gear needed if needle exchanges are to combat hepatitis infection
Implications of a Swedish study which confirmed fears that needle exchanges successful against HIV may not prevent hepatitis infection, and one in Scotland which highlighted sporadic exchange attendance as a major impediment to disease prevention.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 250Kb
Innovative brief intervention could help stop drug users starting to inject
British study found that an hour-long information and training session helped prevent injectors initiating other drug users into the practice, intercepting progression to the most dangerous form of drug use.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 181Kb
Specialist needle exchanges: more proactive intervention could help safeguard clients' health
In London specialist needle exchanges did deliver extra benefits compared to pharmacy based provision but there remained substantial gaps in service, suggesting that a more proactive approach was needed to justify the expense.
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