Depression, injecting drug use, and risky sexual behavior syndemic among women who inject drugs in Kenya: a cross-sectional survey.


School of Public Health, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Juja, Kenya. [Email]


Injecting drug use (IDU) is a key driver of the HIV epidemic particularly when individuals experience psychosocial conditions and risky sexual behavior in a syndemic manner. This study sets out to assess evidence of a syndemic pattern of psychosocial conditions (IDU, depression, intimate partner violence (IPV)) on one the hand and risky sexual behavior on the other while accounting for the socio-economic disadvantage among women who inject drugs (WWID) in low-income urban settings in Kenya.


Depression,IDU,Intimate partner violence (IPV),Kenya,Risky sexual behavior,Syndemic,Women who inject drugs (WWIDs),

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