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Beth E Meyerson, Alissa Davis, Jon D Agley, David J Shannon, Carrie A Lawrence, Priscilla T Ryder, Karleen Ritchie, Ruth Gassman
BACKGROUND: Pharmacies have much to contribute to the health of people who inject drugs (PWID) and to community efforts in HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) prevention through syringe access. However, little is known about what predicts pharmacy syringe sales without a prescription. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors predicting pharmacy syringes sales to PWID. METHODS: A hybrid staggered online survey of 298 Indiana community pharmacists occurred from July-September 2016 measuring pharmacy policy, practice, and pharmacist perceptions about syringe sales to PWID...
March 17, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Emily Shava, Lauren E Lipira, Geetha G Beauchamp, Deborah J Donnell, Shahin Lockman, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao
INTRODUCTION: Understanding the role of opiate dependency treatment in risky sexual behavior could help optimize interventions for people who inject drugs (PWID). OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether long-term medication-assisted treatment (LT-MAT) of opiate dependency with buprenorphine/naloxone influenced risky sexual behavior among HIV-uninfected PWID and identified predictors of risky sexual behavior. METHODS: We used data from HPTN058, a randomized controlled trial of LT-MAT vs...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Deniz Gokengin, Cristiana Oprea, Josip Begovac, Andrzej Horban, Arzu Nazlı Zeka, Dalibor Sedlacek, Bayjanov Allabergan, Esmira A Almamedova, Tatevik Balayan, Denes Banhegyi, Pavlina Bukovinova, Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, Alymbaeva Damira, Edona Deva, Ivaylo Elenkov, Luljeta Gashi, Dafina Gexha-Bunjaku, Vesna Hadciosmanovic, Arjan Harxhi, Tiberiu Holban, Djorje Jevtovic, David Jilich, Justyna Kowalska, Djhamal Kuvatova, Natalya Ladnaia, Adkhamjon Mamatkulov, Aleksandra Marjanovic, Maria Nikolova, Mario Poljak, Kristi Rüütel, Azzaden Shunnar, Milena Stevanovic, Zhanna Trumova, Oleg Yurin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this survey was to describe the current status of HIV care in Central and Eastern European countries and to look at how close the region is to achieve the UNAIDS 2020 target of 90-90-90. METHODS: In 2014 data were collected from 24 Central and Eastern European countries by a 38-item questionnaire. RESULTS: All countries reported mandatory screening of blood and organ donors for HIV. Other groups who were subjected to targeted screening were people who inject drugs (PWID) (15/24; 62...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Don C Des Jarlais, Courtney McKnight, Jonathan Feelemyer, Kamyar Arasteh, Susan Tross, Aimee N C Campbell, Hannah L F Cooper, David C Perlman
BACKGROUND: We examined whether sex disparities (heterosexual male:female) in HIV infection continue to persist at the "end of the HIV epidemic" among persons who inject drugs (PWID) in New York City (NYC). An "end of the epidemic" was operationally defined as 1) prevalence of untreated HIV infection <5%, and 2) estimated HIV incidence <0.5/100 person-years. METHODS: PWID were recruited from persons entering substance use treatment programs at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in 2001-2005 and 2011-2015...
February 23, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Manon Ragonnet-Cronin, Celia Jackson, Amanda Bradley-Stewart, Celia Aitken, Andrew McAuley, Norah Palmateer, Rory Gunson, David Goldberg, Catriona Milosevic, Andrew J Leigh Brown
Harm reduction has dramatically reduced HIV incidence among people who inject drugs (PWID). In Glasgow, Scotland, <10 infections/year have been diagnosed among PWID since the mid-90s. However, in 2015 a sharp rise in diagnoses was noted among PWID: many were subtype C with two identical drug resistant mutations and some displayed low avidity, suggesting the infections were linked and recent.We collected Scottish pol sequences and identified closely related sequences from public databases. Genetic linkage was ascertained among 228 Scottish, 1820 UK and 524 global sequences...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Kamiar Alaei, Mohammad Sarwar, Arash Alaei
Blood transfusions are contributing to a higher rate of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Pakistan. Half of all blood transfusions in Pakistan are not screened for hepatitis C, hepatitis B or HIV. Family members donate blood that is likely not tested due to social stigma attached to HCV. Paid donations are also quite common in the country, especially by people who inject drugs (PWID), which increases the population's exposure to HCV. Most of the population utilizes the private sector for their health needs; this sector has lax regulation due to the lack of oversight by the government or any other regulatory body...
October 17, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Ellen Heinsbroek, Rachel Glass, Claire Edmundson, Vivian Hope, Monica Desai
BACKGROUND: Higher levels of drug use have been reported in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, some of which can be explained by sexualised drug use, including 'chemsex'; the use of drugs before or during planned sexual activity to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate sex. We explored injecting and non-injecting drug use by sexual behaviour among people who inject drugs (PWID) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. METHODS: Data were used from an unlinked-anonymous survey of PWID (2013-2016), where participants recruited through services self-completed a questionnaire...
March 6, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Keri L Calkins, Chelsea E Canan, Richard D Moore, Catherine R Lesko, Bryan Lau
BACKGROUND: Restricted mean survival time (RMST) is an underutilized estimand in time-to-event analyses. Herein, we highlight its strengths by comparing time to (1) all-cause mortality and (2) initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-infected persons who inject drugs (PWID) and persons who do not inject drugs. METHODS: RMST to death was determined by integrating the Kaplan-Meier survival curve to 5 years of follow-up. To account for the competing risks of death and loss-to-clinic when estimating time to ART, we calculated RMST to ART initiation by estimating the area between the survival curve for ART initiation and the cumulative incidence curve for death or loss-to-clinic...
March 9, 2018: BMC Medical Research Methodology
S Olafsson, T Tyrfingsson, V Runarsdottir, O M Bergmann, I Hansdottir, E S Björnsson, B Johannsson, B Sigurdardottir, R H Fridriksdottir, A Löve, M Hellard, T J Löve, T Gudnason, M Heimisdottir, M Gottfredsson
A nationwide programme for the treatment of all patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) was launched in Iceland in January 2016. By providing universal access to direct-acting antiviral agents to the entire patient population, the two key aims of the project were to (i) offer a cure to patients and thus reduce the long-term sequelae of chronic hepatitis C, and (ii) to reduce domestic incidence of HCV in the population by 80% prior to the WHO goal of HCV elimination by the year 2030. An important part of the programme is that vast majority of cases will be treated within 36 months from the launch of the project, during 2016-2018...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
S Tahseen, H Shahnawaz, U Riaz, F M Khanzada, A Hussain, W Aslam, M von Euler-Chelpin
SETTING: Pakistan is a high tuberculosis (TB) burden country, moving from low human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence to a concentrated epidemic driven primarily by people who inject drugs (PWID). The Antiretroviral Treatment Adherence Unit (AAU) in Islamabad, Pakistan, is a residential facility that offers combined treatment for opioid dependence and HIV. OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: This retrospective study was conducted to assess TB prevalence among HIV-infected PWID referred to the AAU and to evaluate the diagnostic value of cough as a screening symptom...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
O Anagnostou, A Fotiou, E Kanavou, A Antaraki, M Terzidou, C Richardson, E Kafetzopoulos
OBJECTIVES: People who inject drugs (PWID) represent the main risk group for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in most middle and high-income countries. Testing PWID is considered as an important prevention measure. Identification of PWID characteristics associated with HCV testing may contribute to strategies targeting the containment of the HCV and HIV epidemics in Greece. METHODS: Anonymous behavioural data from 2747 heroin users were collected upon entry in 38 opioid substitution treatment (OST) clinics in Greece during the period 2013-2015...
February 2018: HIV Medicine
Naveed Zafar Janjua, Nazrul Islam, Margot Kuo, Amanda Yu, Stanley Wong, Zahid A Butt, Mark Gilbert, Jane Buxton, Nuria Chapinal, Hasina Samji, Mei Chong, Maria Alvarez, Jason Wong, Mark W Tyndall, Mel Krajden
BACKGROUND: Large linked healthcare administrative datasets could be used to monitor programs providing prevention and treatment services to people who inject drugs (PWID). However, diagnostic codes in administrative datasets do not differentiate non-injection from injection drug use (IDU). We validated algorithms based on diagnostic codes and prescription records representing IDU in administrative datasets against interview-based IDU data. METHODS: The British Columbia Hepatitis Testers Cohort (BC-HTC) includes ∼1...
February 23, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Danielle Horyniak, Steffanie A Strathdee, Brooke S West, Meredith Meacham, Gudelia Rangel, Tommi L Gaines
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the cessation of injecting drug use (IDU) among people who inject drugs (PWID) in low and middle-income settings, where access to effective interventions for reducing drug use (e.g., opioid substitution treatment; OST), may be limited. We measured the incidence and identified predictors of IDU cessation among a cohort of PWID in Tijuana, Mexico. METHODS: Data were drawn from 621 participants in Proyecto El Cuete IV, a prospective cohort of PWID recruited in 2011 and interviewed biannually to 2016...
February 21, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Alysse G Wurcel, Deirdre Burke, Margie Skeer, David Landy, Robert Heimer, John B Wong, Kenneth K H Chui, Thomas J Stopka
BACKGROUND: Abscesses commonly occur among people who inject drugs (PWID). However, whether the risks are comparable between males and females, and the impact of sex work on abscess risk is unclear. The goal of this study was to examine the contemporary associations of gender and sex work with the risk of abscesses in PWID. METHODS: Combining data from two cross-sectional studies conducted in the Greater Boston Area with people at risk for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), we used the following inclusion criteria: age 18-45 years and report of illicit or non-prescription drug injection within the 30 days prior to the survey...
February 20, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Ricky N Bluthenthal, Daniel Chu, Lynn D Wenger, Philippe Bourgois, Thomas Valente, Alex H Kral
BACKGROUND: Heroin use is increasing in the US. Heroin use may predispose users towards injection routes of drug administration as compared to other illicit substances. OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between heroin use and drug injection, we compared time from first use to first injection (referred to as time to injection onset by drug [TTIOD]) of heroin, methamphetamine/speed, cocaine, and crack cocaine among people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: Age of first use and first injection by drug was collected from 776 PWID...
February 15, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Mary Clare Kennedy, Ayden Scheim, Beth Rachlis, Sanjana Mitra, Geoff Bardwell, Sean Rourke, Thomas Kerr
BACKGROUND: Esclating epidemics of fatal overdose are affecting communities across Canada. In many instances, the unanticipated presence of powerful opioids, such as fentanyl, in street drugs is a contributing factor. Drug checking offered within supervised injection services (SIS) is being considered as a potential measure for reducing overdose and related harms. We therefore sought to characterize the willingness of people who inject drugs (PWID) to use drug checking within SIS. METHODS: Data were derived from a cross-sectional survey examining the feasibility of SIS in London, Canada, a mid-sized city...
February 15, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Suzan M Walters, Alexis V Rivera, Kathleen H Reilly, Bridget J Anderson, Barbara Bolden, Afework Wogayehu, Alan Neaigus, Sarah Braunstein
Exchanging sex for money or drugs is known to increase risk for HIV among persons who inject drugs (PWID). To better understand determinants of exchange sex among PWID we examined factors associated with exchange sex in the New York metropolitan area-defined as New York City (NYC), NY; Newark, NJ; and Long Island, NY-using data from the 2012 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system cycle on injection drug use. Of the 1160 PWID in this analysis, 24% reported exchange sex, with differences in gender and sexual identity by location...
February 21, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
A M Roth, B Aumaier, M Felsher, S L Welles, A P Donate-Martinez, M Chavis, B Van Der Pol
BACKGROUND: In 2015 approximately 50,000 new HIV infections occurred in the United States, 2,400 of which were attributable to injection drug use in. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has the potential to curb HIV acquisition, however, uptake remains low among persons who inject drugs (PWID). The purpose of the study is to describe PrEP eligibility, willingness to use PrEP, and ability to access PrEP among PWID recruited from a pilot program that paired screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections with mobile syringe exchange program (SEP) services...
October 4, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Evangelia-Georgia Kostaki, Timokratis Karamitros, Marina Bobkova, Martha Oikonomopoulou, Gkikas Magiorkinis, Federico Garcia, Angelos Hatzakis, Dimitrios Paraskevis
BACKGROUND: Eastern European countries including Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet Union (FSU) countries have experienced an HIV epidemic spreading mostly among people who inject drugs (PWID). We aimed to investigate the origin and the dispersal patterns of HIV-1 CRF02_AG in Russia and other FSU countries. METHODS: We studied 136 CRF02_AG sequences originating from Russia, and FSU countries along with a globally sampled dataset of 3,580 CRF02_AG sequences...
February 17, 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, Aisling O'Leary, Shay Keating, Aileen Singleton, Sheila Heffernan, Eamon Keenan, Lisa Robson, Jess Sears, John Moloney, Sanjeev Arora, Colm Bergin, Suzanne Norris
The Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project is a novel educational intervention designed in New Mexico to transfer subspecialty knowledge about hepatitis C virus (HCV) to primary care providers, thereby increasing patient access to HCV care. The ECHO model has been shown to deliver educational benefits and to result in good treatment outcomes for HCV-infected individuals in the USA; however, this approach has not been assessed in a European setting. We sought to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and implementation of the ECHO model in Ireland using a pilot study...
July 2017: BMJ Innovations
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