HIV Bio-Behavioural Survey among Injecting Drug Users in the East Jerusalem Governorate
A bio-behavioural HIV survey using respondent-driven sampling (RDS) methodology was carried out in Al Azariya, the East Jerusalem Governorate (EJG), from June 6 to August 10, 2010 among injecting drug users (IDUs). The survey aimed to assess the prevalence of HIV, HBV, and HCV, as well as to analyse relevant risk-taking behaviours. Overall, the study pointed to substantial levels of exposure to risk of HIV infection among IDUs in the EJG. It is recommended that services for IDUs should be upgraded by introducing harm reduction programs and expanded. The survey was conducted through WHO with GFATM funding.