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Injecting drug users and their health seeking behavior: a cross-sectional study in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Islam, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful, Biswas, Tuhin, Bhuiyan, Faiz Ahmed, Islam, Md. Serajul, Rahman, Mohammad Mizanur and Nessa, Hurun 2015, Injecting drug users and their health seeking behavior: a cross-sectional study in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Journal of addiction, vol. 2015, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1155/2015/756579.

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Title Injecting drug users and their health seeking behavior: a cross-sectional study in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Author(s) Islam, Sheikh Mohammed SharifulORCID iD for Islam, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful orcid.org/0000-0001-7926-9368
Biswas, Tuhin
Bhuiyan, Faiz Ahmed
Islam, Md. Serajul
Rahman, Mohammad Mizanur
Nessa, Hurun
Journal name Journal of addiction
Volume number 2015
Article ID 756579
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Place of publication Cairo, Egypt
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2090-7834
Summary Introduction and Aim. Injecting drug users (IDUs) are amongst the most vulnerable people to acquisition of HIV/AIDS. This study aims to collect information on IDUs and their health seeking behavior in Bangladesh. Design and Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 120 IDUs attending a drug rehabilitation center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Data were collected on sociodemographics, drug use, health seeking behavior, knowledge of injecting drugs, and sexual behavior. Results. The mean ± SD and median (IQR) age of the participants were 32.5 ± 21.3 and 33 (27-38) years, respectively, with only 9.2% females. Injection buprenorphine was the drug of choice for 40% of participants, and 58% of the participants first started drug use with smoking cannabis. 73.3% of participants shared needles sometimes and 57.5% were willing to use the needle exchange programs. 60% of the participants had no knowledge about the diseases spread by injection. Condom use during the last intercourse with regular partners was 11.7% and with any partners 15.8%. Conclusion. IDUs in Bangladesh are a high-risk group for HIV/AIDS due to lack of knowledge and risky behaviors. Education and interventions specifically aimed at IDUs are needed, because traditional education may not reach IDUs or influence their behavior.
Language eng
DOI 10.1155/2015/756579
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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