The Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico project is moving along full steam ahead.
The project began Phase 1 of data collection in April 2015 and finished in June 2015. During Phase 1, the field team collected 315 computer assisted personal interviews, HIV rapid tests, and Hepatitis C rapid tests from individuals who inject drugs in central rural Puerto Rico! We owe our three person field team a debt of gratitude–they worked hard and gathered an amazingly rich dataset in a short period of time.
Our analytic team spent the summer entrenched in the Phase 1 data. As a result, we’ve submitted three papers for publication focusing on Hepatitis C in this population. These papers are currently under review, but expect to hear more about them when they have been accepted! Now the team is working tirelessly on analyzing more Phase 1 data for publication later this year.
Here are a few highlights from the Phase 1 data:
- 6% of participants tested positive (reactive) for HIV antibodies during rapid testing.
- 78% of participants tested positive (reactive) for Hepatitis C antibodies during rapid testing.
- Most participants were frequent users: During the past year, 39.7% injected an average of 4 or more times per day, while another 39.7% injected 2-3 times per day. Only 20.7% of the sample reported injecting one time per day or less.
Phase 2 is on target to begin soon–expect to see a new post with more details next week.