This is a site for young people who use drugs, or may be exposed to drug use through friends or partners, and young people who want accurate information about BBV’s, STI’s and safer drug use.
This website is one of a number of recommendations from the report deriving from the first phase of AIVL’s National Youth BBV, STI and Drug Use Project. The Report is titled “Young People: Sex, Drugs and BBVs – Do They Really Care?” The project and website 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 the above mentioned report. The information presented within this website forms part of the second 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.
AIVL believes that peer education (people educating each other within their own networks or communities) is the best way for critical health information to reach young people who use drugs or are exposed to drug use and who may not be accessing services. We hope you use and share this information with your mates to avoid experiencing drug related harms and getting BBVs and/or STI’s.