Needle exchange is not enough

Steffanie A. Strathdee, David M. Patrick, Sue L. Currie, Peter G.A. Cornelisse, Michael L. Rekart, Julio S.G. Montaner, Martin T. Schechter, Michael V. O'Shaughnessy
1997 AIDS (London)  
Objective: To describe prevalence and incidence of HIV-1, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and risk behaviours in a prospective cohort of injecting drug users (IDU). Setting: Vancouver, which introduced a needle exchange programme (NEP) in 1988, and currently exchanges over 2 million needles per year. Design: IDU who had injected illicit drugs within the previous month were recruited through street outreach. At baseline and semi-annually, subjects underwent serology for HIV-1 and HCV, and questionnaires
more » ... on demographics, behaviours and NEP attendance were completed. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify determinants of HIV prevalence.
doi:10.1097/00002030-199708000-00001 pmid:9223727 fatcat:6yr4qvzeu5c3nowpj7xnphjpri