A constant and progressive increase in the availability of heroin in Colombia in recent decades and the intravenous use of this drug have established the need to prevent a possible epidemic of HIV and hepatitis C.
This research determined the sero-prevalence of hepatitis C and HIV according to sociodemographic characteristics and risk behaviors in people who inject drugs in Armenia, Colombia.
This is a cross-sectional study on 265 users captured through respondent-driven sampling after informed consent.
- Sero-prevalence of hepatitis C was 22.3%;
- for HIV infection, it was 2.6 %;
- 67.5% reported injecting for more than two years,
- 35 % shared needles and syringes, and
- 12.4 % had used a condom during their last sexual intercourse.
This study identified risk practices such as sharing needles and low condom use in the last six months, worldwide documented and discussed risk factors. This research is a first step in the search for strategies to prevent the spread of HIV infection and hepatitis C in networks of injecting drug users.
Full PDF article [in English] at: http://goo.gl/HN0798Full PDF article [in Spanish] at: http://goo.gl/RFnaJd
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