HIV risk and prevention behaviors among People Who Inject Drugs in six cities, Georgia, 2012

Georgia is among the countries with low HIV/AIDS prevalence but high potential for developing a widespread epidemic. From the early stage of HIV epidemic in Georgia injecting drug use was the major mode of transmission. However, for the last two years heterosexual transmission became prevailing route for HIV spread.

Current study represent the subsequent wave of Bio-Behavioral Surveys (Bio-BSS) undertaken in Georgia among People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs) since 2002. Objective of Bio-BSS was to measure prevalence of HIV among PWIDs, provide measurements of key HIV risk behaviors and generate evidence for advocacy and policy-making. The study was implemented within the GFATM-funded project “Generate evidence base on progress in behavior modification among MARPs andeffectiveness of preventive interventions, to inform policies and practice” by Curatio International Foundation (CIF), Public Union Bemoni and the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

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