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Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico

Overview:

This project is investigating HIV and Hepatitis C risk among injection drug users in central rural Puerto Rico and ultimately, aims to use this research to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in Puerto Rico by identifying effective prevention strategies.

Between 2014 and 2019, we will interview more than 600 people who inject drugs and ask them about their risk behaviors, injection risk partners, and about their lives in rural Puerto Rico. Each participant will also complete a rapid HIV and Hepatitis C test. The analytical portion of the project involves simulating risk social networks on a regional scale, and testing the simulation effects of a range of interventions.

Recent Blog Posts for Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico

In collaboration with El Punto en la Montaña, our syringe exchange partners in rural Puerto Rico, our team participated in

Duncan I., Curtis R., Reyes J.C., Abadie R., Khan B., Dombrowski, K. 2017. Hepatitis C serosorting among people who inject

Abadie, R., Welch-Lazoritz, M., Dombrowski, K., Khan, B. 2017. “Social Determinants of HIV/HCV Co-Infection: A case Study from PWID in

2016 Kirk Dombrowski, Bilal Khan, Patrick Habecker, Holly Hagan, Samuel R. Friedman, Mohammed Saad “The Interaction of Human Social Systems

2017 Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Patrick Habecker, Kirk Dombrowski, Angelica Rivera Villegas, Carmen Ana Davila, Yadira Rolón Colón, Sandra Miranda De León,

A new article was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer that focuses on one of Puerto Rico's solutions to the heroin

Project Details

Overview:

This project is investigating HIV and Hepatitis C risk among injection drug users in central rural Puerto Rico and ultimately, aims to use this research to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in Puerto Rico by identifying effective prevention strategies. Between 2014 and 2019, we will interview more than 600 people who inject drugs and ask them about their risk behaviors, injection risk partners, and about their lives in rural Puerto Rico. Each participant will also complete a rapid HIV and Hepatitis C test. The analytical portion of the project involves simulating risk social networks on a regional scale, and testing the simulation effects of a range of interventions.

Funding:

“Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico” is funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) R01-DA037117). PIs Kirk Dombrowski (UNL). Bilal Khan (CUNY) and Juan Carlos Reyes (UPR Med Cent) are joined by Field Director Roberto Abadie (UNL) and Projector Director Melissa Welch-Lazoritz (UNL, consultants Camila Gelpi-Acosta and Ric Curtis (CUNY), and Richard Garfein (UCSD Med Sch).

Team:

The leader of this work at REACH is Kirk Dombrowski, with help of Melissa Welch-Lazoritz (Project Director) and Colleen Syron (Communications Director). The field team in Puerto Rico includes Roberto Abadie (Field Director), Carmen Ana Davila (Field Researcher) and Angelica Rivera (Field Researcher). Juan Carlos Reyes (PI) is the local Principal Investigator at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and Bilal Khan (PI) is leading the data simulation phase at the City University of New York. El Punto en la Montaña, the only syringe exchange program in rural central Puerto Rico, serves as our community partner for this project.