The outbreak involves over 120 people who have tested positive since 2015 and remains uncontained; new and historic cases of infection are still being identified.
The sophistication of the response reflects the complex health and social issues faced by people who inject drugs and involves significant innovation by service providers largely within existing resources. There is significant learning here for services generally and for BBV services across Scotland.
The theme of Worlds AIDS Day 2018 is Know Your Status. Early diagnosis and engagement with treatment is, of course, crucial for individuals to ensure that they can maintain good health. It is also important for service planners and managers to see that testing is key to the early identification of an outbreak and its containment. To do this we need to ensure adequate testing is being undertaken across Scotland amongst people who inject drugs.
Our bulletin contains comment from SDF’s Harm Reduction, Blood Borne Virus and Sexual Health team, video interviews with specialists in the field, research posters related to the outbreak, free training and more.
We are also in the process of reviewing our popular ‘HIV – What Staff Need To Know’ resource and so have included a draft edition – we invite you to comment and feedback.
SDF commits to promoting understanding and adequate responses to HIV and to working with partners and colleagues across Scotland to ensure Scotland meets this public health challenge.
We hope you enjoy exploring the bulletin and find useful elements to take into your own practice.