Journal article

Prevalences and correlates of non-viral injecting-related injuries and diseases in a convenience sample of Australian injecting drug users.

R Dwyer, L Topp, L Maher, R Power, M Hellard, N Walsh, M Jauncey, A Conroy, J Lewis, C Aitken

Drug Alcohol Depend | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The prevalences and correlates of non-viral injecting-related injuries and diseases (IRIDs) in Australian injecting drug users (IDUs) remain unknown. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of IDUs was conducted in six sites across Australia's eastern states to investigate IRID experience among Australian IDU. Correlates of IRIDs were explored using logistic and negative binomial regression analyses. RESULTS: 393 IDUs were recruited. Lifetime experience of non-serious IRIDs was common (e.g., 'dirty hit' 68%); potentially serious and serious IRIDs were less commonly experienced (e.g., abscess 16%; gangrene <1%). Factors independently associated with potentially serious or serious IRIDs ..

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