Predictors of unsafe injecting drug use

Beth R. Crisp, James G. Barber, Michael W. Ross, Alex Wodak, Julian Gold, M. E. Miller

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This paper reports on the incidence of unsafe injecting and the factors which influence this practice in a sample of 1245 Sydney injecting drug users (IDUs). Using a needle and syringe after someone else at some time in the last six months was reported in 41.6% of the sample. Taking into account those who claimed always to clean used needles with virucidal methods, 32.9% had placed themselves at risk of HIV infection from shared needles in the six months prior to interview. Seven factors were predictive of unsafe behaviour. These were (a) the amount spent per week on drugs, (b) the number of times a single needle was used prior to disposal, (c) having shared with a person who is now HIV infected, (d) having a regular sexual partner, (e) the proportion of times high, stoned or drunk when injecting, (f) being part of a group that injects together and (g) having been in prison. 1994 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994


  • AIDS
  • injecting drug use
  • needle‐sharing


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