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Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs
Roger Pebody, 2017-03-21 09:40:00
The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs
between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care
for each other have been largely ignored by harm reduction services, say
In-depth interviews showed that drug users’ relationships
were based on mutual trust, honesty and care. Couples tried to avoid sharing
their equipment but when they did, they took into account what they knew about
each other’s hepatitis C status and genotype to minimise risks. This could be
described as a form of ‘negotiated safety’, say the researchers.
Jake Rance, Tim Rhodes, Carla Treloar and colleagues have
published the findings in articles published online ahead of print in Health and Social Science & Medicine. The programmatic implications are
summarised in a
document from the University of New South Wales.