Friday, September 13, 2013

UK - HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C warning for steroid injections

HIV warning for steroid injections

Friday 13th September 2013, 12:10AM BST.

One in 10 men who inject themselves with anabolic steroids or tanning drugs have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, according to a study released today.

Public Health England (PHE) said the research was vital because while the number of those who use image and performance-enhancing drugs has rapidly grown over the past 20 years, their risk of exposure to such viruses has not been thoroughly investigated.

Co-author Jim McVeigh, from the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, said: “Injectors of anabolic steroids and associated drugs are now the biggest client group at many needle and syringe programmes in the UK.

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