AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 141–151

Injecting Equipment Sharing in Russian Drug Injecting Dyads

Authors

    • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
  • Nan Li
    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Karin E. Tobin
    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Irving F. Hoffman
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nikolai Sokolov
    • Biomedical CenterSt. Petersburg State University
  • Julia Levchenko
    • Biomedical CenterSt. Petersburg State University
  • Julia Batluk
    • Biomedical CenterSt. Petersburg State University
  • Andrei A. Kozlov
    • Biomedical CenterSt. Petersburg State University
  • Andrei P. Kozlov
    • Biomedical CenterSt. Petersburg State University
  • Carl A. Latkin
    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9518-6

Cite this article as:
Gyarmathy, V.A., Li, N., Tobin, K.E. et al. AIDS Behav (2010) 14: 141. doi:10.1007/s10461-008-9518-6

Abstract

In this study, we investigated how individual attributes, dyad characteristics and social network characteristics may influence engaging in receptive syringe sharing, distributive syringe sharing and sharing cookers in injecting partnerships of IDUs in St Petersburg, Russia. We found that all three levels were associated with injecting equipment sharing, and that dyad characteristics were modified by characteristics of the social network. Self-reported HIV discordance and male gender concordance played a role in the risk of equipment sharing. Dyad interventions may not be sufficient to reduce injecting risk in IDU partnerships, but a combination of dyad and network interventions that target both IDU partnerships and the entire IDU population may be more appropriate to address injecting risk among IDUs.

Keywords

Injecting drug usersRisk networksInjecting riskDyad analysisRussia

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