HIV and Drug Use in Georgian Women

Implementation period: 2010-2014

Sponsor: NIDA

Partner: RTI International 

Short Description: The project aims to assess the development of efficacious comprehensive women-centered drug treatment model. The study will pursue 4 goals: 

1. Explore drug use (e.g., types and patterns), HIV and HCV injection and sexual risk behaviours, comorbid conditions (e.g., interpersonal violence, comorbid psychiatric disorders) and treatment barriers and experiences (e.g., gender discrimination) among Georgian IDU women.

2.  Identify practices and perceptions of treatment providers regarding IDU women in the current Georgian drug treatment system.

3. Adapt and Pretest drug abuse treatment approach of Reinforcement-Based Treatment (RBT) that integrates the evidence-based women Co-op HIV prevention and case management approach for Georgian IDU women

4. In a small-scale randomized trial, determine the feasibility and initial efficacy of our Georgian RBT model relative to a case management model in terms of their respective impacts on the frequency of unprotected sexual acts and syringe sharing at post-treatment and 3 month post-treatment follow up.  

Partners Eurasian Harm Reduction Network - EHRN Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) / Евразийская сеть снижения вреда (ЕССВ) ზიანის შემცირების საქართველოს ქსელი RTI International Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) tasz Futures Group Release : Drugs, The Law & Human Rights International Drug Policy Consortium Home | Harm Reduction International Mainline Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ფონდი ღია საზოგადოება - საქართველო