Aims: Injecting drug users (IDUs) are vulnerable to a range of infectious and communicable diseases through a variety of risk behaviours, and because of underlying conditions such as poor hygiene, homelessness and poverty. There is a recognised need for guidance on providing IDUs with a medical examination and testing for HIV, viral hepatitis and several other infections on a regular basis. These guidelines are accompanied by a recommended package of prevention and primary care in relation to IDUs and infections. Treatment and other specialist care are not discussed in detail but are dealt with by indicating referral to appropriate services.
Intended audience: Healthcare providers in the public/private sectors who provide primary healthcare to (injecting) drug users: i.e. GPs, family doctors, substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation centres, correctional healthcare facilities, hospital emergency departments, inpatient services.
Publication history information: Published October 2010.
Access: Available to the general public.