Young People: Sex, Drugs & BBVs – Do They Really Care?

This report contains the findings and recommendations from the first stage of a new Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) project, the ‘National Youth BBV, STI & Drug Use Project’.

The project aims to provide peer-based education about the prevention of blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and their relationship to drug use. It is specifically targeted at young people, those aged between 18-29 years. The first stage of the project involved a scoping and review of relevant literature, a consultation process with young people and service providers and the development of a set of recommendations, all of which are outlined in this report.

The recommendations presented will form the basis for the next phase of the project – the development and implementation of a national peer education project to raise awareness of the relationship between blood borne viruses(BBVs), sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and drug use among young people.

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