Distributive Syringe Sharing Among Young Adult Injection Drug Users in Five U.S. Cities
April 10, 2008
The sharing of needles and syringes is the most common way blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are transmitted among injection drug users (IDUs). "Distributive syringe sharing (DSS) (i.e., passing on a used needle/syringe to another IDU) poses the potential risk of transmitting HIV and viral hepatitis to others," the current study notes.
"Restricting to only those IDUs who reported not injecting with previously used syringes, similar independent correlates of DSS were found. These findings suggest that interventions to reduce ongoing transmission of blood-borne infections should focus on altering peer norms among networks of young IDUs," the authors concluded.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
11.2007; Vol. 91; Supplement 1: P. S30-S38; Elizabeth T. Golub, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Susan L. Bailey, Holly Hagan, Mary H. Latka, Sharon M. Hudson, Richard S. Garfein, and for the DUIT Study Team
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