Needle Exchange Surveillance Initiative (NESI)

Background

The aim of the Needle Exchange Surveillance Initiative (NESI) is to measure and monitor the prevalence of blood borne viruses (BBVs) and injecting risk behaviours among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Scotland.

The initiative was initially funded by the Scottish Government as part of the Hepatitis C Action Plan, which stated that efforts to prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Scotland must focus on preventing transmission of the virus among PWID. More recently, however, the initiative has been funded under the Scottish Government’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework.

NESI provides information to evaluate and better target interventions aimed at reducing the spread of infection amongst PWID. The initiative is led by Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with our organisation and the West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre.

For enquiries, please email study manager Dr Andrew McAuley.

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