Monday, March 21, 2016

Substance Use Patterns of HIV-Infected Russian Women With and Without Hepatitis C Virus Co-infection

Individuals with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection may experience substance use related health complications. This study characterized substance use patterns between HIV/HCV co-infected and HIV mono-infected Russian women. HIV-infected women (N = 247; M age = 30.0) in St. Petersburg, Russia, completed a survey assessing substance use, problematic substance use, and the co-occurrence of substance use and sexual behaviors. 

Covariate adjusted logistic and linear regression analyses indicated that HIV/HCV co-infected participants (57.1 %) reported more lifetime drug use (e.g., heroin), problem drinking, substance use problems, and increased likelihood of past injection drug use relative to HIV mono-infected individuals. HIV/HCV co-infection was prevalent and associated with increased substance use and problematic drug use. 

Findings highlight the need for ongoing substance use and HIV/HCV risk behavior assessment and treatment among HIV/HCV co-infected Russian women.

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  • 1Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 3131 Harvey Avenue, Suite 104, Cincinnati, OH, 45229, USA.
  • 2Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 3Centers for AIDS Research, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 5St. Petersburg AIDS Center, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 6Stellit, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 7North-West Regional Center for Control and Prevention of AIDS, St. Petersburg, Russia. 
  •  2016 Mar 19.

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