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A new study on the Prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV in East Jerusalem

A new study on the Prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV in East Jerusalem

The Journal of Urban Health, Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, has published a study titled “the Prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV, and HIV-Related Risk-Taking Behaviors among Palestinian Injecting Drug Users in the East Jerusalem Governorate”. It was conducted by a specialized team in health and social work. The team included Aleksandar Štulhofer, Agnes Chetty, Randa Abu Rabie, Isam Jwehan, and Dr. Asad Ramlawi

The study was conducted depending on the qualitative method, with which 199 injecting drug users IDUs were interviewed, living in 21 different areas of Jerusalem. Each one of them is part of a broader peer network. The questions in the questionnaires included data such as on drug use, utilization of services catering to IDUs, prison experiences, HIV knowledge, HIV testing etc.  Also the study included blood testing of IDUs for testing HIV, which was conducted in the central laboratory in Ramallah.

The study results have shown that 80% of IDUs have completed their elementary education only. Most of them are marries, and less than one third are employed. Also, the results indicate that no one of the tested sample of IDUs had HIV, where 84% participants were HCV+ and most of the tested sample were using heroin using injecting equipment. Also, 18.8% of them said that others used their needles and syringes.

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