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QUESTION: I work in a Harm Reduction Service and was wondering if anyone has any ideas how my service can increase the uptake of blood borne virus testing without offering financial incentives to our service users? Can you help?
ANSWER: Why do they want to do it without financial incentive? There is nothing wrong with that in my view. If that's not possible, make the service as user friendly as possible, use peer mentoring also.
ANSWER: Within my area we have care pathways set up for testing and treatment of BBVs. The BBV testing is carried out in the hostel setting via referral from the public health nurse for homeless or homeless staff. The system works really well as the patients are given their result and any appointments also in the hostel setting. There is no cash incentive and most patients are keen to receive their results. This package comes with harm reduction and health promotion information. Also we have nurse led referral pathways in to hospital treatment programmes.