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Table 4 Drug use history and risk behaviour of the interviewed drug users in Kathmandu Valley ( N = 223)

From: ‘South Asian cocktail’ - the concurrent use of opioids, benzodiazepines and antihistamines among injecting drug users in Nepal and associations with HIV risk behaviour

  HIV positive HIV negative Significance (χ2, t test)
Age, years 33.1 (±6.0) 28.2 (±5.6) t = 6.0, p < .001
Length of injecting drug use, years 14.2 (±5.7) 8.5 (±5.3) t = 7.3, p < .001
Length of cocktail use, years 12.8 (±5.6) 7.8 (±4.5) t = 6.9, p < .001
Length of heroin use, years 16.3 (±6.3) 10.5 (±5.0) t = 6.9, p < .001
Cocktail use    
  Moderate 20.3% 31.5% χ2 = 4.5, p = .108
  Intensive 70.3% 55.7%
Multiple use of the same needle 91.9% 63.5% χ2 = 20.1, p < .001
Needle/equipment sharing 93.2% 75.2% χ2 = 10.6, p < .01