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Rutgers: Study Examines HIV Epidemic in the Republic of Georgia in the Known and Unknown Drug Using Community

The Republic of Georgia has increasingly more HIV-infected individuals than previous assessments, according to a recent study led by Rutgers School of Public Health Associate Professor, Dr. Henry Raymond and the Georgian Harm Reduction Network.

The study examined demographics and risk factors of participants, previously known and not known to harm reduction services, for HIV and other infectious diseases in towns across Georgia in 2015. The researchers then compared risk among different groups, while assessing the rationale for implementing peer-driven Interventions in Georgian harm-reduction activities.

The authors found striking differences between previously known and unknown participants, including demographic background and risk profile and behaviors in the drug using community. These differences can potentially explain some of the rise of HIV prevalence in Georgia.

“Significant differences exist between known and unknown drug users in Georgia, the differences between them are crucial for planning future and holistic harm reduction activities in Georgia, regionally and globally,” says Dr. Raymond.