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Table 1 BBV-TRAQ item categorisations and median key informant ratings

From: Quantifying hepatitis C transmission risk using a new weighted scoring system for the Blood-Borne Virus Transmission Risk Assessment Questionnaire (BBV-TRAQ): Applications for community-based HCV surveillance, education and prevention

Item Description Median Rating
Category 5 (highest risk; median KE ratings 9–10)
a5 In the last month, how many times have you injected a drug which has been filtered through another persons filter 9
a7 In the last month, how many times have you injected a drug prepared with water that had been used by another person 9
a8 In the last month, how many times have you injected a drug which had come into contact with another person's used needle and syringe 9
a13a In the last month how many times have you injected with another person's used needle and syringe
a13b On those occasions, how often did you rinse it with a combination of full-strength bleach and water (2 × 2) before you used it
10
a14 In the last month how many times have you injected with a needle and syringe after another person has already injected some of its contents. 10
a19 In the last month, how many times have you received an accidental needle-stick from another person's used needle and syringe 9
a20a In the last month, how many times have you reused a needle and syringe taken out of a shared sharps container
a20b On those occasions, how often did you rinse it with a combination of full-strength bleach before you re-used it
10
c2 In the last month, how many times have you been tattooed by someone who was not a professional tattooist 9
c3 In the last month, how many times have you been pierced by someone who was not a professional piercer 10
Category 4 (median KE ratings 7–8)
a6a In the last month, how many times have you injected a drug that was prepared in another persons used spoon or mixing container
a6b On those occasions how often did you clean the spoon or mixing container before using it
7
a9a In the last month, how many times have you injected a drug prepared immediately after assisting another person with their injection (injecting them, holding their arm, handling used fits, wipe blood away etc)
a9b On those occasions, how often did you wash your hands before preparing your mix
8
a10a In the last month, how many times have you injected a drug that was prepared by another person who had already injected or assisted someone else to inject
a10b On those occasions, how often did the person wash your hands before preparing your mix
7
a11a In the last month, how many times have you been injected by another person who had already injected or assisted in someone else's injection
a11b On those occasions, how often did the person injecting you wash your hands before injecting you
Not rated
a12a In the last month, how many times have you been injected with a needle and syringe which had been handled or touched by another person who had already injected
a12b On those occasions, how often did they wash their hands prior to handling the needle and syringe that you used
7
a15a In the last month, how many times have you touched your own injection site soon after 'assisting' another person with their injection
a15b On those occasions, how often did you wash your hands before touching your injection site
8
a16a In the last month, how many times has another person touched your injection site
a16b On those occasions, how often did they wash their hands before touching your injection site
8
a17 In the last month, how many times have you wiped your own injection site with an object (swab, tissue, hanky) which had been used by another person 8
c4 In the last month, how many times have you used another person's used razor 7
Category 3 (median KE ratings 5–6)
a1 In the last month, how many times handled another persons syringe at a time when you had cuts etc 6
a18 In the last month, how many times have you used a tourniquet which had been used by another person 6
b2 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected vaginal sex with another person during menstruation 5
c1 In the last month, how many times have you come in contact with another person's blood (fights, slash-ups, accidents, blood nose etc) 5
Category 2 (median KE ratings 3–4)
a2 In the last month, how many times have you sucked or licked left-over drugs from spoon, mixing container used by another person 3
a3 In the last month, how many times have you sucked or licked a filter used by another person 3
a4 In the last month, how many times have you sucked or licked a plunger after using it in a mix used by another person 2.5
b3 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected vaginal sex with another person without lubrication 3
b4 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected anal sex with another person 4
c5 In the last month, how many times have you used another person's toothbrush 4
c6 In the last month, how many times have you used another person's personal hygiene equipment (nail file, nail scissors, brush etc) 3
Category 1 (lowest risk; median KE ratings 1–2)
b1 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected vaginal sex with another person 1
b5 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected oral sex with another person 1
b6 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected manual sex with another person during menstruation 2
b7 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected manual sex with another person after injecting 2
b8 In the last month, how many times have you engaged in unprotected manual sex with another person without lubrication 1