Estimating the prevalence of drug injection using a multiplier method based on a register of new HIV diagnoses.

Abstract

Knowledge of prevalence of illegal drug injection can aid the design and evaluation of services for problem drug users. In this study, prevalence of recent injectors in Spain was estimated with a multiplier method using the number of injectors in a population register of new HIV diagnoses, HIV incidence among injectors from cohort studies and HIV prevalence among injectors in a drug treatment register. Prevalence in 2008 was 38.8 (95% CI 23.8-53.8) per 100,000 population, a 2.8 times reduction compared with 2001. This method permits estimation of both prevalence and trends of drug injection. It is sustainable and routinely applicable in many countries.

DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckq076

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@article{Anta2011EstimatingTP, title={Estimating the prevalence of drug injection using a multiplier method based on a register of new HIV diagnoses.}, author={Gregorio Barrio Anta and Jesus Oliva and Maria J Bravo and Salvador de Mateo and Ant{\'o}nia Domingo-Salvany}, journal={European journal of public health}, year={2011}, volume={21 5}, pages={646-8} }