HIV risk and prevention behaviors among People Who Inject Drugs in seven cities of Georgia, 2017

Curatio International Foundation together with Bemoni Public Union has conducted HIV prevalence and risk behaviors survey among People Who Inject Drugs in Georgia.

Also available: Population Size Estimation of People who Inject Drugs in Georgia 2016-2017

Current study represents the latest wave of Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Surveys among People Who Inject Drugs. Objective of the study was to measure prevalence of HIV and Hepatitis C among PWID, provide measurements of key  risk behaviors and generate evidence for advocacy and policy-making.

The study used a cross-sectional study design. 2 050 injecting drug users aged 18 years or more were recruited using respondent-driven sampling in seven major cities of Georgia: Tbilisi, Gori, Telavi, Zugdidi, Batumi, Kutaisi and Rustavi.

The document represents the research results in the following directions:

  • Socio-Demographic Characteristics
  • Drug Use History
  • Drug Use Risk Behavior
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, Testing Practice and Self-Risk Assessment
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Exposure to Drug and HIV Prevention Programs and Social Influence
  • Prevalence of HIV and Hepatitis C

In addition the study measured facilitating and hindering factors related to Hepatitis C testing and treatment. Also, the study estimated Opioid dependence among PWID.

Full report is available here.

The study was financially supported by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


Related Content:
  1. Barriers and Facilitators to Screening and Treatment of HCV among IV drug-users in the Republic of Georgia: A Formative Qualitative Study
  2. Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey among People Who Inject Drugs in 7 cities of Georgia, 2015
  3. Article: Human immunodeficiency virus prevalence and risk determinants among people who inject drugs in the Republic of Georgia
  4. HIV prevalence and risk behaviors among key populations- Study Findings Published, 2012
  5. Population Size Estimation of People Who Inject Drugs in Georgia, 2015
  6. Population Size Estimation of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Georgia, 2014

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