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Table 1 Baseline demographic characteristics of IDU stratified by having an abscess in the past six months.

From: Prevalence and correlates of abscesses among a cohort of injection drug users

Characteristic No abscess past six months n = 1 244 Abscess past six months n = 341 Odds Ratio (95% CI) p- value
Gender     
   Male 848 (68.2) 162 (47.5)   
   Female 396 (31.8) 179 (52.5) 2.4 (1.9 – 3.0) < 0.001
HIV status     
   Negative 919 (73.9) 209 (61.3)   
   Positive 325 (26.1) 132 (38.7) 1.7 (1.4 – 2.3) < 0.001
Unstable housing*     
   No 492 (39.5) 109 (32.0)   
   Yes 752 (60.5) 387 (68.0) 1.3 (1.1 – 1.8) 0.011
Recent incarceration*     
   No 861 (69.2) 196 (57.5)   
   Yes 383 (30.8) 145 (42.5) 1.7 (1.3 – 2.1) <0.001
DTES residence*     
   No 552 (44.4) 121 (35.5)   
   Yes 692 (55.6) 220 (64.5) 1.5 (1.1 – 1.9) 0.003
   Sex trade involved*     
   No 942 (75.7) 191 (56.0)   
   Yes 302 (24.3) 150 (44.0) 2.4 (1.9 – 3.1) < 0.001
Heroin use*     
   Less than daily 840 (67.5) 203 (59.5)   
   Daily use 404 (32.5) 138 (40.5) 1.4 (1.1 – 1.8) 0.006
Cocaine use*     
   Less than daily 858 (69.0) 182 (53.4)   
   Daily use 386 (31.0) 159 (46.6) 1.9 (1.5 – 2.5) < 0.001
  1. Note: IDU = injection drug user, DTES = Downtown Eastside Residence. *Indicates behaviour during the six month period prior to the baseline interview.