Journal article

Understanding the association between injecting and sexual risk behaviors of injecting drug users in Manipur and Nagaland, India

Khrieketou Suohu, Chumben Humtsoe, Niranjan Saggurti, Shrutika Sabarwal, Bidhubhusan Mahapatra, Michelle Kermode

HARM REDUCTION JOURNAL | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In India, as in rest of the world, HIV prevention programs have focused on HIV transmission through unsafe injecting practices with less attention on sexual risk behaviors among injecting drug users (IDUs). This study examines the sexual risk taking behaviors of IDUs associated with their pattern of drug use in India. METHODS: Data were obtained from the behavioral tracking survey conducted in 2009 among 1712 IDUs in two districts each of Manipur and Nagaland states in Northeastern part of India. Sexual risk behaviors among IDUs were assessed in terms of multiple sex partners, sex with a paid female partner in the last 12 months and inconsistent condom use with any female partner..

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