Tag Archives: injecting

Hong Kong Harm Reduction

The following article is by Judy Chang [AHRN] who interviewed me to contribute information on Hong Kong’s harm reduction situation. Hong Kong is a study in contrasts. A city of multiple personalities, it has managed to absorb people and cultural influences from around the world. The rich live, work and play in uncomfortably close proximity […]

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Near Miss on Hau Fook Street

This is an account written by Andy in which he describes his experience of ‘going over’ [overdosing] on heroin in Hong Kong. Names and other identifiers have been changed to protect the anonymity of the guest writer and acquaintances. All other details are true. “Andy! Andy!” the urgency in the voice was as clear as […]

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Hepatitis C: Hong Kong 2011

This article has been written to coincide with World Hepatitis Day [July 28th] with the aim of raising awareness of the Hepatitis C virus [HCV, C型肝炎] that has chronically infected 2-3% [130–170 million people] of the world’s population and claims more than 350,000 people to HCV-related liver diseases each year [WHO 2011]. In 1990, HCV […]

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Indonesia: Stories of HIV & Harm Reduction

Like most of his co-workers, Hadi used to be a heroin addict. He is also HIV positive. ‘A Cleaner Fix’ is an award winning* documentary produced by IRIN that follows Hadi and his peers who distribute sterile syringes to drug users for a needle exchange programme. This short film, that is available for viewing below, […]

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Secondary Needle Exchange

Over the past few months, I have received a number of requests for a study undertaken during 2008 in which I investigated secondary needle exchange in Leeds (UK).  It appears that this continues to be an area of interest.  Copies of this study are available [free of charge] and requests can be made at the […]

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Doctoral Research

Doctoral research (PhD) is underway with the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Manchester. The aim of this research is to capture the experiences of ethnic minority (non-native Chinese) injecting drug users in accessing injecting equipment within Hong Kong. A primary objective is to investigate the micro-settings and mechanisms for access and to gain […]

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