People living with long-term infections such as viral hepatitis or HIV face unique challenges as they age. Treatment side effects may hasten the ageing process, and/or predispose people to other medical issues.
The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour (ARTB) presents data from a selection of our behavioural and social research, focusing in particular on studies assessing trends over time or addressing emerging issues.
The Deadly Liver Mob (DLM) is a health promotion program that aims to promote a holistic approach to healthy living, by providing Aboriginal people with bloodborne virus (particularly hepatitis C) and sexually transmissible infection (STI) education, as well as screening, testing and referrals into treatment.
In 2018 the inaugural National Competition for Excellence in Hepatitis C Health Promotion was run by the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University (Curtin).
The use of drugs for a wide range of purposes is an increasingly prominent feature of pharmaceutical markets and lifestyle practices. As pharmaceutical markets expand, the distinction between therapeutic and illicit drugs is put in question.
This project uses existing data from three years of the New South Wales Pharmacy Needle and Syringe Survey (2007–2009) to study the drug and injecting practices of young people aged 18–25 years who inject drugs.
The component conducted by CSRH involved a qualitative investigation of the knowledge of hepatitis C vaccine trials among people who inject drugs, and of the factors that would influence their decision to take part in such a trial.
Phase 1 of this project involved collecting video recordings of clients injecting at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre and then conducting interviews with these clients after they had reviewed the video footage of their injecting episode.
This study explored how Thai gay men in Sydney perceive and experience HIV risk, and how they managed this risk in their lives as men who are an ethnic minority within the predominantly Anglo-Australian gay community.
This ongoing project seeks to discover how some injecting drug users (IDUs) have managed to avoid becoming infected with HCV, in spite of having injected drugs for many years in localities in which most IDUs have acquired HCV.
The aims of this project were to conduct a pilot study of an online survey of (1) young people exposed to injecting, to examine their knowledge regarding hepatitis C prevention and transmission, and to examine the factors associated with high/low levels of knowledge, and (2) of young people more