ECDC and EMCDDA guidance. Prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs. Guidance in brief

Series type: Joint publications


This joint guidance report explores good public health practices that can support effective policies to reduce infections. Common blood-borne viruses in this group include HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These are mainly spread through the sharing of needles, syringes and drug preparation equipment or unprotected sexual contacts. A full (50 p.) version exists.

Notes on translations:

  • Czech (translated and produced by the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic)
  • Greek (translated and produced by ECDC)
  • Hungarian (translated and produced by the Hungarian National Focal Point)
  • Finnish (translated and produced by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland)
  • Latvian (translated and produced by ECDC)
  • Russian (translated and produced by National Institute for Health Development, Estonia)

Table of contents

  • Scope and purpose of this guidance
  • Seven recommended key interventions
  • Core values of prevention of infections among people who inject drugs
  • Tailor programmes to national and local situations
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