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Table 1 Demographic and key risk behavior characteristics of male injecting drug users enrolled into a longitudinal cohort study in Kabul, Afghanistan (N = 483)

From: Prevalence and correlates of HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C infection and harm reduction program use among male injecting drug users in Kabul, Afghanistan: A cross-sectional assessment

Continuous Variables Mean Median IQR
Age (years) 29.6 28 24-33
Level of education (years) 5.3 5 0-7
Age initiated injecting (years) 25.8 24 21 - 29
Duration of injecting (years) 4.0 2 1 - 6
Number of daily injections 5.7 6 5 - 6
Dichotomous Variables N %
Ever married 224 46.4
Born in Afghanistan 418 87.1
Lived outside Afghanistan in last 5 years 310 64.7
Employed at enrollment 56 11.7
Prior incarceration 302 63.1
Initiated drug use with injecting 39 8.1
Initiated injecting in the last year 111 23.0
Initiated injection inside Afghanistan 321 66.5
Ever shared needles/syringes 81 16.9
Shared needles/syringes in last 3 months 31 6.4
Ever shared injecting equipment 189 38.4
Shared injecting equipment in last 3 months 132 27.3
Ever inject/re-aspirate blood (khoon bozee) 337 70.2
Prior addiction treatment 70 14.6
Ever paid woman for sex* 177 40.4
Ever had sex with another male* 49 11.1
Ever used condom* 49 11.1
  1. *Of 443 participants ever reporting previous sexual activity.
  2. N = Number
  3. IQR- Interquartile Range