This is the first round of the IBBS survey conducted among Female Injecting Drug Users in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts). A total of 160 females of 16 years and above who had been injecting drugs for at least three months preceding the survey were recruited randomly using Network sampling method.
The fieldwork for the survey was conducted from April to July 2016. The survey was undertaken primarily to track the prevalence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infection among Female Injecting Drug Users. The aim of the survey was to find out the baseline status of comprehensive knowledge of HIVAID, risky sexual and injecting behaviors among Female Injecting Drug Users, their exposure to various HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support programs. The Information was collected using tablet based structured questionnaire and the prevalence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C was tested by using rapid kits.
Keywords: Nepal, HIV, HCV, STI, drugs, prevalence, sexual behavior, condom use