Understanding performance and image-enhancing drug injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission: Findings and recommendations from a national qualitative project Report uri icon


  • This report details findings from an Australian Research Council-funded project entitled ‘Understanding performance and imageenhancing drug injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission’, undertaken between early 2017 and late 2019. The report presents findings from interviews conducted with men who consume performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) and relevant health professionals. The project aimed to generate new insights into the experiences of men who consume PIEDs in order to inform more appropriate and sensitive harm reduction initiatives, engagement strategies and hepatitis C prevention resources. Our aim was to develop a balanced understanding of men’s experiences and perspectives, placing issues of blood-borne virus (BBV) transmission in the context of whole lives and diverse priorities. In doing so, we engaged with consumers directly through in-depth, face-to-face interviews to understand the pleasures and rewards of consumption as well as any potential for harm.

publication date

  • 2019