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Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS)

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The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) provides serial point prevalence estimates of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody prevalence, HCV RNA prevalence and monitors sexual and injecting behaviour among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia.

The ANSPS is conducted annually at more than 50 needle and syringe program (NSP) services over a one to two week period in October each year. The project is conducted in all states and territories and recruits between 2,000 – 2,500 NSP attendees each year. Participants complete a brief self-administered questionnaire and provide a capillary blood sample which is subsequently tested for HIV and hepatitis C antibodies and HCV RNA.

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health

Project collaborators are:

  • ANSPS National Advisory Group
  • Collaboration of Australian Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs)
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Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) | Kirby Institute (

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Implementation start date:Help on this term01/06/1996
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The first survey was taken in a week in March 1995.

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The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

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Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building
High Street, UNSW Australia
Kensington NSW 2052


+61 (2) 9385 0900


+61 (2) 9385 0920


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