Risk factors for acquisition of hiv infection among idus in Kolkata

Bhattacharya, M. K. Sharma Sarkar, B., Bagchi, S. R. and Bhattacharya, A.

It is a community based cross sectional epidemiological pilot study, so it is not enough to explore the all risk factors among IDUs in Kolkata, West-Bengal. Most IDUs are young and HIV was found to be significantly associated with those aged >= 26 years compared with those aged <=25 years. In the present study it is revealed that the age group of the HIV sero-positive IDUs is 30 to 42 years and large portion of them are married. Most of the IDUs practiced unsafe sex (87.5), have the habit of sex with male (12.5%) and 75% visits commercial sex worker. Tidigesic was found to be the most frequently consumed drug for the injecting drug user in this study. However among the injectable drug users for development the strategies or controlling the transmission of HIV through I.V. route and the change of behavioral pattern among IDUs.

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