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HIV more prevalent in injection drug users

By jeremyc | March 5, 2012

According to the latest CDC, only few injection drug users are likely to be infected by HIV. The study was conducted by CDC’s National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. The results of the survey were published in the “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”.

The study was conducted in 2009. The researchers interviewed 10,073 injection drug users from 20 cities in the US. The participants included homosexuals, heterosexuals and injection drug users. Data was collected from these three groups once in three years. The questionnaire contained questions on protected and unprotected sex, vaginal sex, sharing of syringes, HIV status and their involvement in behavioral intervention.

The results of the survey showed that only 9 per cent infections occurred in the current year as compared to 12 per cent in the last year. At the same time, only 19 per cent people participated in the behavioral intervention as compared to 29.7 per cent last time.

Out of the 10,073 participants, 9,565 were HIV negative. Only 49 per cent of the participants tested for HIV in the previous year as compared to 66.3 per cent before.

The study also found that 69 per cent participants had unprotected sex that is higher than the previous year (63.4 per cent). 34 per cent participants reported of sharing syringes and 23 per cent had unprotected heterosexual sex.

The findings of the study stressed on the need for more effective intervention programs to fight HIV in the US.

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