HIV: People who inject drugs

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at special risk of developing a range of infectious diseases because of the dangers posed by contaminated injection needles, syringes and drugs. In addition, IDUs engage in risk-taking behaviour and tend not to look after their health, leaving them at risk of contracting diseases such as sexually transmitted infections.

For more information on the drug situation in Ireland:

EMCDDA: Key statistics on the drug situation in Ireland



EMCDDA: Drug-related infectious diseases

WHO: HIV - People who inject drugs

Last reviewed: 30 September 2022