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McElrath, Karen and Harris, Julie (2013) Peer injecting: implications for injecting order and blood-borne viruses among men and women who inject heroin. Journal of Substance Use , 18 , (1) , pp. 31-45.

A large body of research has highlighted practices and rituals that characterise injecting drug use and behavioural and environmental risks that can contribute to the transmission of blood-borne viruses. Compared with other injecting practices, considerably less is known about peer injecting, i.e. receiving or giving injections, particularly the social context in which it occurs.

In this article, we explore peer injecting and injecting order at initiation into injecting drug user (IDU) and during subsequent injection episodes. Using data from semi-structured interviews, we highlight the experiences of 41 males and females who had received injections from other IDUs. Respondents were recruited through various strategies, largely chain referral. The results suggest gendered similarities as well as differences in terms of peer injecting, the order of injection and micro-risk contexts for blood-borne viruses.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:February 2013
Page Range:pp. 31-45
Publisher:Informa healthcare
Volume:18
Number:1
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Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Man (men / male)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations > Level of drugs and alcohol use among peers
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social pressure
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations
T Demographic characteristics > Gender differences
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour

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