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Research Letters

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

Platt, Lucya; Bobrova, Nataliab; Rhodes, Tima; Uusküla, Annelic; Parry, John Vd; Rüütel, Kristie; Talu, Avee; Abel, Katrie; Rajaleid, Kristiinac; Judd, Alif

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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.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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