Impact of a harm-reduction programme on soft tissue infections among injecting drug users of Kolkata, India.

Abstract

Injecting drug users (IDUs) play an important role in spreading HIV as amply documented in several developing countries (1). India has also experienced a similar type of HIV spread among IDUs, which was detected for the first time in Manipur, a northeastern state of India bordering Myanmar, in 1990 (2). Soft tissue infections, including abscesses and cellulites, are the major complications, which may result from sharing of injecting equipment in unhygienic conditions among IDUs.

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