Attitudes about Harm Reduction Techniques among People Who Inject Drugs

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Mariah Davidson
Gary Dick

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By Mariah Davidson, Social Work


Advisor: Gary Dick



Presentation ID: 205


Abstract: Hamilton County, Ohio has been identified as a hotspot for new Human Immunodeficiency Viruses acquisition. Part of the recent uptick in new HIV infections in Hamilton County can be attributed to the increased injection drug use among the county and surrounding areas. Injection drug use has been associated with increased HIV transmission because one of the modes of transmission besides sexual contact is through the sharing of syringes. One way to slow the spread of new HIV cases is through harm reduction techniques such as Syringe Service Programs. It is already proven that harm reduction use is beneficial to slowing the spread of the virus, but there is limited literature concerning the attitudes among people who inject drugs regarding HR, and whether those who use syringe services are more or less likely to achieve sobriety. A short survey was administered to clients served at an AIDS service organization on a volunteer basis. The survey was target toward clients who have a history of injection drug use or are currently using injection drugs. Results showed overall positive reviews of harm reduction techniques among people who inject drugs. Further research with a larger scale study would be beneficial to better understand attitudes regarding harm reduction in the community.

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