injection drug user

in·jec·tion drug us·er

(IDU) (in-jek'shŭn drŭg yū'zĕr)
A person who uses a hypodermic to administer drugs, usually illegally (e.g., heroin, methamphetamines); often leads to dermatologic and hematologic disorders resulting from unclean site or equipment; widely associated with transmission of HIV; also called injecting drug user.
Synonym(s): intravenous drug user.
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INJECTION DRUG USE: Track marks along the course of a vein in the forearm

injection drug user

A person who gives himself or herself drugs parenterally, usually to attain a euphoric or altered state of consciousness. The practice is rarely performed aseptically and may result in the spreading of communicable disease or self-injury.
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Lahore -- Lahore Old city is hub of Injection Drug User.
A 20-year-old injection drug user had a life expectancy of 49.
They pool their extensive knowledge--Boyd is a drug policy scholar, MacPherson is Vancouver's drug policy coordinator, and Osborn is a former injection drug user and one of the founding members of the Vancouver Network of Drug Users (VANDU)--to order and contextualize hundreds of texts from Osborn's extensive personal archives.
Other factors associated with HIV infection included ever having had syphilis, being a white injection drug user, having had a blood transfusion, being nonwhite, having ever traded sex for money or drugs, and having had receptive anal sex in the last year (1.
Low risk clients were defined as those who did not indicate that they had had sex with a man who has sex with men, used injection drugs, had sex with an injection drug user, exchanged sex for money or drugs, or had sex with someone who had HIV.
He said that Lahore old city was hub of Injection Drug User and Lohari Gate, Bhaati Gate, Nasar Bagh, Shah-re-Fatimah Jinnah, Chauburji Park, Ali Park, Data Darbar area, Lorry Adda (Bus Stand), Royal Park, Ravi Road, Railway Station, Nisbat Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Davis Road and Band Road are major places where a number of IDUs could be found.
A new member of family Parvoviridae, human parvovirus 4 (PARV4), was identified in plasma of an injection drug user (IDU) with unexplained fatigue, headaches, fever, night sweats, nausea, and diarrhea (1).
Study population: A prospective cohort study of IDUs [The Madras Injection Drug User and AIDS Cohort Study (MIDACS)] was initiated in Chennai, India in 2005 through YR Gaitonde Centre for Substance Abuse-Related Research (YRGCSAR).
Never) n/a Note: SD = standard deviation; OR = odds ratio; CI = confidence interval, MA = methamphetamine; IDU = injection drug user ; NIDU = non-IDU * Values for these characteristics are in the form of Mean (SD) instead of % (n).
People who have sex with an injection drug user (IDU) also are at risk for infection through the sexual transmission of HIV.
investigate the effectiveness of methadone programs in Vancouver's injection drug user population;
Participants completed a personal interview, then HIV and HCV rapid antibody tests, and then provided with three referral coupons that she/he could distribute to other injection drug users in their social networks.