Injecting Equipment Sharing in Russian Drug Injecting Dyads
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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.
KeywordsInjecting drug users Risk networks Injecting risk Dyad analysis Russia
The study was funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse, Grant number R01 DA016142. The first author was funded by the Ruth L. Kirschstein award, Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Grant T32 DA007292. We would like to thank all participants and study staff.
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