Blood-borne viruses are viruses that some people carry in their blood and can be spread from one person to another. Those infected with a blood-borne virus may show little or no symptoms of serious disease, but other infected people may be severely ill. Our research focuses on reducing the transmission of blood-borne viruses among people who inject drugs. People who inject drugs are at high risk of contracting blood-borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis C due to sharing dirty needles.

Much of our work involves modelling the impact of different interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C among this population group, and assessing the cost-effectiveness of these interventions. Our work has informed HIV and Hepatitis C elimination strategies in the UK and other countries, international treatment guidelines and the World Health Organization‘s elimination strategies.

Research examples

Cost-effectiveness of different interventions to improve the testing and linkage to care for people with Hepatitis C 

Driving the use of low dead space injecting equipment among people who inject drugs

Drug use in street sex workers (DUSSK) study

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