Continuing HIV risk in New York city injection drug users: The association of syringe source and syringe sharing

Samuel M. Jenness, Holly Hagan, Kai Lih Liu, Travis Wendel, Christopher S. Murrill

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Abstract

Sterile syringe access is an important means to reduce HIV risk, but many injection drug users (IDU) who obtain syringes from sterile sources continue to share syringes. We examined the factors associated with continuing syringe sharing in New York City. We recruited 500 active IDU in 2005 through respondent-driven sampling. In multiple logistic regression, not obtaining all syringes in the past year exclusively from sterile sources was associated with increased syringe sharing. Ensuring adequate syringe availability as well as engaging and retaining nonusers and inconsistent users in sterile syringe services may increase sterile syringe access and decrease syringe sharing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-200
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume46
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2011

Keywords

  • HIV
  • injection drug use
  • risk behavior
  • syringe exchange
  • syringe sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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