08 / 02 / 2017
Медичний журналі "Іnternational Journal of Drug Policy": нова публікація за співавторством дослідників УІПГЗ

Представляємо до уваги колег статтю за співавторством фахівців Інституту політики громадського здоров’я Костянтина Думчева та Олександра Зезюліна, опубліковану у медичному журналі International Journal of Drug Policy.

Публікацію присвячено результатам ефективності програм профілактики ВІЛ, що їх виконує в Україні "Альянс громадського здоров’я"

Patterns of harm reduction service utilization and HIV incidence among people who inject drugs in Ukraine: A two-part latent profile analysis. Danielle C. Ompada, Jiayu Wangc, Konstantin Dumchevd, Julia Barskae, Maria Samkof, Oleksandr Zeziulind, Tetiana Saliukf, Olga Varetskaf, Jack DeHovitzg, 2016.

 

Abstract

Background

Program utilization patterns are described within a large network of harm reduction service providers in Ukraine. The relationship between utilization patterns and HIV incidence is determined among people who inject drugs (PWID) controlling for oblast-level HIV incidence and treatment/syringe coverage.

Methods

Data were extracted from the network’s monitoring and evaluation database (January 2011–September 2014, n = 327,758 clients). Latent profile analysis was used to determine harm reduction utilization patterns using the number of HIV tests received annually and the number of condoms, syringes, and services (i.e., information and counseling sessions) received monthly over a year. Cox proportional hazards regression determined the relations between HIV seroconversion and utilization class membership.

Results

In the final 4-class model, class 1 (34.0% of clients) received 0.1 HIV tests, 1.3 syringes, 0.6 condom and minimal counseling and information sessions per month; class 2 (33.6%) received 8.6 syringes, 3.2 condoms, and 0.5 HIV tests and counseling and information sessions; class 3 (19.1%) received 1 HIV test, 11.9 syringes, 4.3 condoms, and 0.7 information and counseling sessions; class 4 (13.3%) received 1 HIV test, 26.1 syringes, 10.3 condoms, and 1.8 information and 1.9 counseling sessions. Class 4 clients had significantly decreased risk for HIV seroconversion as compared to those in class 1 after controlling for oblast-level characteristics.

Conclusion

Injection drug use continues to be a major mode of HIV transmission in Ukraine, making evaluation of harm reduction efforts in reducing HIV incidence among PWID critical. These analyses suggest that receiving more syringes and condoms decreased risk of HIV. Scaling up HIV testing and harm reduction services is warranted.

Keywords

  • Opiates; 
  • Injection drug use; 
  • Harm reduction; 
  • Ukraine; 
  • HIV; 
  • Needle and syringe programs