Correlates of lending needles/syringes among HIV-seropositive injection drug users

Lisa R. Metsch, Margaret Pereyra, David W. Purcell, Carl A. Latkin, Robert Malow, Cynthia A. Gómez, Mary H. Latka

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Abstract

Among HIV-positive injection drug users (IDUs), we examined the correlates of lending needles/syringes with HIV-negative and unknown status injection partners. HIV-positive IDUs (N = 738) from 4 cities in the United States who reported injection drug use with other IDUs in the past 3 months participated in an audio computer-assisted self-administered interview. Eighteen percent of study participants self-reported having lent their needles to HIV-negative or unknown status injection partners. Multivariate analyses showed that 6 variables were significantly associated with this high-risk injecting practice. Older IDUs, high school graduates, and those reporting more supportive peer norms for safer drug use were less likely to lend needles/syringes. Admission to a hospital for drug treatment in the past 6 months, having injected with >1 person in the past 3 months, and having more psychiatric symptoms were all associated with more risk. These findings underscore the need for a continued prevention focus on HIV-positive IDUs that recognizes the combination of drug use, mental health factors, and social factors that might affect this high-risk injecting practice, which could be associated with HIV and hepatitis C transmission.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Volume46
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Drug Users
Needles
HIV
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Pharmaceutical Preparations
Drug Combinations
Hepatitis C
Psychiatry
Mental Health
Multivariate Analysis
Interviews

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Injection drug use
  • Injection drug use equipment
  • Injection risk behavior
  • Seropositive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Immunology

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Metsch, L. R., Pereyra, M., Purcell, D. W., Latkin, C. A., Malow, R., Gómez, C. A., & Latka, M. H. (2007). Correlates of lending needles/syringes among HIV-seropositive injection drug users. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 46(SUPPL. 2). https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181576818

Correlates of lending needles/syringes among HIV-seropositive injection drug users. / Metsch, Lisa R.; Pereyra, Margaret; Purcell, David W.; Latkin, Carl A.; Malow, Robert; Gómez, Cynthia A.; Latka, Mary H.

In: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Vol. 46, No. SUPPL. 2, 01.11.2007.

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Metsch, LR, Pereyra, M, Purcell, DW, Latkin, CA, Malow, R, Gómez, CA & Latka, MH 2007, 'Correlates of lending needles/syringes among HIV-seropositive injection drug users', Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 46, no. SUPPL. 2. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181576818
Metsch, Lisa R. ; Pereyra, Margaret ; Purcell, David W. ; Latkin, Carl A. ; Malow, Robert ; Gómez, Cynthia A. ; Latka, Mary H. / Correlates of lending needles/syringes among HIV-seropositive injection drug users. In: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2007 ; Vol. 46, No. SUPPL. 2.
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