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A Network-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for Tajik Migrant Workers Who Inject Drugs

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posted on 2023-02-07, 23:32 authored by Judith LevyJudith Levy, Mary Mackesy-AmitiMary Mackesy-Amiti, Makhbatsho Bakhromov, Jonbek Jonbekov, Carl A Latkin
We developed and pilot-tested the Migrants' Approached Self-Learning Intervention in HIV/AIDS for Tajiks (MASLIHAT). We recruited 30 Tajik labor migrants who inject drugs in Moscow as peer educators (PEs) to attend the 5-session intervention, then share what they learned with their peers. Each PE recruited two drug-injecting network members for interviewing about their drug and sexual behavior at baseline, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months post-intervention. GEE and mixed effects regression tested time and participant type effects on each outcome. HIV knowledge and risk perception increased among both PEs and network peers, while use of shared syringes, condomless sex, sex with a sex worker, and alcohol use decreased significantly for both groups at 6 weeks and 3 months with a sustained effect through 6 months. The MASLIHAT intervention proved successful in disseminating HIV prevention information and reducing HIV risk behavior over 6 months among both PEs and network members.


MASLIHAT Intervention for Tajik Male Migrant IDUS | Funder: National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse) | Grant ID: R21DA039068



Levy, J. A., Mackesy-Amiti, M. E., Bakhromov, M., Jonbekov, J.Latkin, C. A. (2021). A Network-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for Tajik Migrant Workers Who Inject Drugs. AIDS and Behavior, 26(3), 719-727.


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