Flashblood: Blood Sharing Among Female Injecting Drug Users in Tanzania
June 15, 2010
In the practice called "flashblood," a syringe-full of blood is passed from someone who has just injected heroin to a second person, who then injects the blood in lieu of heroin. The current study examines the association between flashblood use and demographic factors, HIV status, and variables associated with risky sex and drug behaviors among female injecting drug users (IDUs). The cross-sectional study was set in Dar es Salaam.
Via purposive sampling for hard-to-reach populations, 169 female IDUs were recruited. The association between flashblood use, demographic and personal characteristics, and risky sex and drug use variables were analyzed by t-test and chi-square test. The association between residential neighborhood and flashblood use was mapped.
06.2010; Vol. 105; No. 6: P. 1062-1070; Sheryl A. McCurdy; Michael W. Ross; Mark L. Williams; Gad P. Kilonzo; Melkizedek T. Leshabari
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