Integrated Bio-Behavioral Survey (IBBS) among Male Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in Eastern Terai. New ERA, STD/AIDS Counseling and Training Service, FHI, et al. (2005)

Integrated Bio-Behavioral Survey (IBBS) among Male Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in Eastern Terai. FHI and USAID (2005) HIV transmission among drug users is associated with injecting drug use that involves the sharing of needles or syringes. Risky sexual behavior associated with drug use also contributes to the spread of HIV. Injecting drug users function as a “bridging population” for HIV transmission between a core HIV risk group, other high-risk groups and the general population. The main objective of this study was “to estimate the prevalence rate of HIV among injecting drug users (IDUs) and assess their risky behavior". The study was conducted in among IDUs in the sub metropolitan city and municipalities, and the highway areas of Jhapa, Sunsari and Morang districts of the Eastern Terai. Three hundred and forty five IDUs were sampled using the respondent driven sampling (RDS) methodology. While structured questionnaires were used to collect behavioral data, clinical blood tests were used to determine the rate of HIV infection.


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