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Users Unite!, a community action to fight viral Hepatitis in injection drug users, announces the availability of user specific educational materials about Hepatitis prevention, treatment and outcomes. Users Unite! is a group of volunteer medical, nursing and public health students and faculty who work at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in New York, providing Hepatitis education, screening and vaccination to active injection drug users. Materials are concise, informative, and ideal for outreach workers who seek materials that are easily distributed to users on the street or in syringe exchanges.

All of the materials are intended for injection drug users. In formulating content and artwork, Users Unite! conducted a formal needs assessment, including a survey of 100 active users as well as two focus groups. The materials have been distributed on the Lower East Side for a year with very positive feedback from users, volunteers and syringe exchange staff.

Materials available include:

  1. Four palm cards: one about basic prevention techniques, one describing the clinical consequences of Hepatitis infection, one explaining western therapies for chronic infection, and one detailing health maintenance and alternative therapeutic approaches.
  2. A pre-test informational brochure designed as a teaching aid for pre-screening education sessions. This tri-fold pamphlet describes the basics of Hepatitis A, B, and C prevention, symptoms, and therapies.
  3. A post-test brochure that gives more specific information about Hepatitis C to individuals who test positive.
  4. Matchbooks with four basic prevention behaviors on the inside cover.
The materials have contact information for the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, but could be reprinted with other syringe exchange information on the cover. They are available at cost; contact Ben Linas at ben_linas@hotmail.com for further information.

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