Understanding and preventing hepatitis C transmission within sexual partnerships

Project Team

Carla Treloar, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales
Suzanne Fraser, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Joanne Bryant, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New south Wales
Tim Rhodes, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Jake Rance, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales

Project

This interview-based study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. It explores understandings and practices of hepatitis C transmission prevention among people who inject drugs together within sexual partnerships. How do couples negotiate transmission risk, especially where access to safe injecting equipment is limited? How do standard equipment prevention measures impact on injecting practice within sexual partnerships? How do abstract notions such as addiction, intimacy, gender and pleasure shape injecting practice? Based in NSW and Victoria, the project will run until 2015.

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