Injecting equipment sharing in russian drug injecting dyads

V. Anna Gyarmathy, Nan Li, Karin E. Tobin, Irving F. Hoffman, Nikolai Sokolov, Julia Levchenko, Julia Batluk, Andrei A. Kozlov, Andrei P. Kozlov, Carl A. Latkin

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In this study, we investigated how individual attributes, dyad characteristics and social network characteristics may influence engaging in receptive syringe sharing, distributive syringe sharing and sharing cookers in injecting partnerships of IDUs in St Petersburg, Russia. We found that all three levels were associated with injecting equipment sharing, and that dyad characteristics were modified by characteristics of the social network. Selfreported HIV discordance and male gender concordance played a role in the risk of equipment sharing. Dyad interventions may not be sufficient to reduce injecting risk in IDU partnerships, but a combination of dyad and network interventions that target both IDU partnerships and the entire IDU population may be more appropriate to address injecting risk among IDUs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Dyad analysis
  • Injecting drug users
  • Injecting risk
  • Risk networks
  • Russia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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