AIVL Veincare Guide – Introduction

May 24, 2018 jasonh

This ’Hepatitis C and Vein Care’ on-line resource was produced by the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) for people who inject drugs on why looking after your veins can be one of the best ways to prevent getting or passing on hepatitis C (hep C) and other blood borne viruses (BBVs) like HIV and hepatitis B (hep B).

This guide aims to reduce the risk of all BBVs, but has a particular focus on hep C. This is because many injecting drug users already have hep C and this means that new injectors are at high risk of getting infected or reinfected. What you need to understand is that hep C is preventable! You don’t need to get hep C. You just need to get sorted on how to inject as safely as possible including learning how to look after your veins. The good news is that you will not only be doing what you can to remain hep C free or protect others from becoming infected if you already have hep C, but there will be other health benefits such as preventing abscesses and potential vein damage.

To read the full guide click here