High prevalence of assisted injection among street-involved youth in a Canadian setting

Tessa Cheng, Thomas Kerr, Will Small, Huiru Dong, Julio Montaner, Evan Wood & Kora DeBeck
Many people who inject illicit drugs receive manual assistance when injecting, and this practice has been linked to increased risk of HIV infection and other harms. Little is known, however, about this practice among youth. This study uses a multivariate generalized estimating equation to identify factors associated with receiving assistance with injecting among a cohort of streetinvolved youth aged 14–26 in Vancouver, Canada. A total of 253 participants reported injecting drugs during the study period,...
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