Case study 1: Prevention & reducing transmission of hepatitis C

You work in education at a needle and syringe program in the inner city. Marie, a young Indigenous girl is visiting from a rural town and is looking for her sister. She is anxious to find her as she has some speed already mixed up in a syringe to share with her. You offer to supply her with a pack of clean syringes. She refuses saying ‘no, it’s all right we always share everything’. One of your fellow workers says to you ‘don’t bother following that one up, it’s a cultural thing’. What do you do?

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