The experiences of people who inject drugs of skin and soft tissue infections and harm reduction: A qualitative study.


School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, PA1 2BE, Scotland, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [Email]


Bacterial skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) among people who inject drugs (PWID) are considered a public health concern. There is a lack of qualitative research examining the lived experience of PWID who have had SSTI. This paper explores PWID views and experiences of their SSTI, their perceptions on the causes of their SSTI and their harm reduction (HR) behaviours. The implications for HR service delivery and practice will be discussed.


Abscesses,Cellulitis,Harm reduction,People who inject drugs,Public health intervention,Skin and soft tissue infections,

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