High HIV prevalence among injecting drug users in Estonia: Implications for understanding the risk environment

Lucy Platt*, Natalia Bobrova, Tim Rhodes, Anneli Uusküla, John Parry, Kristi Rüütel, Ave Talu, Katri Abel, Kristiina Rajaleid, Ali Judd

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Abstract

We found a high prevalence of HIV among injecting drug users (IDU) 54% in Tallinn and 90% in Kohtla Jarve, Estonia. Risk factors for HIV in Tallinn included use of the drug 'china white', being registered as an IDU at a drug treatment clinic, and sharing injecting equipment with sex partners. Differences existed in risk behaviour between the cities. An urgent scale-up of HIV prevention is needed. It is also important to explore how local 'risk environments' mediate the risk of HIV transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2120-2123
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS
Volume20
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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