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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 79-82

The burning issue of human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immune deficiency syndrome in injection drug users: Global scene with a specific focus to India


Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Sujita Kumar Kar
Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2225-6482.166068

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Intravenous drug use (IDU), initially confined to developed countries, specifically the western countries is no more bound by boundaries. In last few decades, the prevalence has been increased several fold and is a matter of serious concern. IDUs indulge in high-risk activities like sharing of the needle and unprotected sexual activities, which make them more vulnerable to acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (acquired immune deficiency syndrome [AIDS]). They silently spread the infection in the community (other IDUs, spouses and sexual partners). There is an increasing trend of HIV infection/AIDS among intravenous drug abusers across the world including India being no exception. The article highlights the global epidemiological data, specific focus of India.


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