Journal article

HIV treatment outcomes among people who inject drugs in Victoria, Australia

Nick Walsh, Anne Mijch, Kerrie Watson, Handan Wand, Christopher K Fairley, John McNeil, Nick Crofts, Lisa Maher

BMC Infectious Diseases | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) are a key population affected by HIV. We assessed the effectiveness of HIV treatment among a clinical cohort of people living with HIV (PLHIV) diagnosed and referred for community-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: HIV notification data from a central statewide registry were matched with HIV clinical data from two large HIV treatment centers in Melbourne. We used survival analysis and Cox proportional hazard models to estimate time to AIDS and death for PWID in HIV treatment, compared with non-injectors, in the period 1996-2008. RESULTS: Of the 871 individuals, 93 (10.8%) had injecting as an exposure category and 671..

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