HIV and Drug Use in Georgian Women
Implementation period: 2010-2014
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.