Hep B, Hep C & HIV

Arm yourself against Hep B! Vaccinate

With rising hepatitis B infections among injecting drug users, AIVL recognised the need to produce a resource outlining the need for people at risk of contracting the virus to get vaccinated. This resource was developed in conjunction with our State and Territory member groups and outlines what the hepatitis B virus is, the difference between chronic and acute infections as well as hepatitis B vaccination and where to get them.

You can get copies of this resource at your local drug user organisation, by contacting AIVL or you can download a copy of this resource here (PDF, 375 Kb)

AIVL National HIV/IDU Prevention Education Project

The number of new HIV infections attributed to injecting drug use has increased among some groups of IDU in Australia over recent years. Once it reaches a certain level in the IDU community it spreads like wildfire. We need to re-examine what we do when we we're injecting and create better barriers if we want to prevent HIV from being transmitted.

For the above reasons AIVL embarked on producing a simple yet effective means of educating IDU's to better protect themselves and their peers from HIV infection. This was done in the form of a postcard with a pull-out centre to emphasise many IDU's have forgotten about HIV in recent years. Images of the postcard can be seen above (front & pull-out sections) and below (back section).





AIVL National HIV/IDU Prevention Education Project
Evaluation Report

AIVL engaged an independent consultant to evaluate the effectiveness of the HIV resource card (above) as a brief intervention tool. The education resource aimed to:                                                                       

  • Re-engage IDU with the realities of HIV transmission in relation to their injecting drug use practice;
  • To raise awareness and increase discussion among people who inject drugs about HIV risks in relation to IDU;
  • Reinvigorate engagement between service providers and IDU in relation to HIV risk; and
  • To reinforce that HIV remains a threat to people who inject drugs, particularly highly marginalised injectors such as prisoners, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander IDU, CALD IDU, etc.

The card was primarily distributed through targeted NSP throughout Australia, in readiness for  World AIDS DAY 2010.  The evaluator spoke with NSP service providers to assess the usefulness of the card in generating discussion with consumers on the topic of HIV and to gauge how consumers responded to the card.

The evaluation report written by independent consultant Bill O’Loughlin is now available on line (PDF, 204 Kb)

Really Positive Series

The Really Positive Series of booklets provides information for injecting drug users on viruses such as hepatitis C and HIV.

Number 1 in the series, Testing and Diagnosis – hepatitis C and HIV, provides information for injecting drug users who are considering getting tested for hepatitis C or HIV. Now available online (PDF, 2.2 Mb)

Number 2, Staying healthy with hepatitis C, focuses on issues relating to hepatitis C and injecting drug use such that those of us with the virus can live healthily. Now available online (PDF, 2.5 Mb)

In the same vain is Number 3, Staying healthy with HIV, which looks at similar issues but for those of us with HIV. Now available online (PDF, 2.1 Mb) 

Number 4, Co-infection and drug interactions, looks at issues affecting those of us who have both hepatitis C and HIV and also looks at interactions between illicit drugs and treatments for hepatitis C and HIV. Now available online (PDF, 2Mb)

Number 5, Discrimination, Privacy and Confidentiality, looks at the various issues affecting injecting drug users including those with hepatitis C and/or HIV. Now available online (PDF, 2.4Mb)

Finishing off the series is number 6, Planning ahead, which provides information for planning for the future for people with hepatitis C and/or HIV. Now available online (PDF, 2.2Mb)