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Table 2 Characteristics of sample in 10 cities of Georgia, 2015

From: Hidden populations: discovering the differences between the known and the unknown drug using populations in the Republic of Georgia

Characteristics NSP N = 1032
%
PDI N = 1939
%
p values
Demographics
 Age
  = < 25 4.5 17.7 0.00
  = > 26 95.5 82.3
 Gender
  Male 88.5 90.7 0.05
  Female 11.5 9.3
 Education
  Incomplete or complete secondary 43.2 46.9 0.12
  Higher education, complete or incomplete 42.3 38.6
  College or professional institution/ or incomplete 14.5 14.5
 City of residence
  Tbilisi 24.8 38.4 0.00
  Rustavi 7.3 9.9
  Gori 6.8 4.7
  Batumi 6.8 7.1
  Ozurgeti 14.5 8.8
  Kutaisi 6.8 8.5
  Samtredia 5.7 7.8
  Poti 13.6 7.3
  Zugdidi 7.9 5.9
  Telavi 5.8 1.5
 Employment
  Unemployed 47.0 60.1 0.00
  Employed 53.0 39.9
 Place of residence
  Own housing 39.7 28.6 0.00
  Parents/relative/friends housing 50.6 58.1
  Rent/Mortgage/shelter/homeless 9.7 13.3
Drug use behaviour
 Age at first injecting drug
  Mean 20.5 19.6 0.00
 Years of injection
  Mean 14.8 12.7 0.00
 Frequency of Drug injection during last 30 days
  Mean 9.12 9.3 0.55
 Safe Injection practice during the last 6 months
  Never shared Injection equipment or syringes 49.2 34.1 0.00
 Never using syringes previously used by others during the last 6 months
  Never shared 65.5 44.7 0.00
 Never giving others previously used syringes by him/herself during the last 6 months
  Never shared 62.6 44.2 0.00
 Sharing practice with someone they knew had AIDS during the last 6 months
  Never 96.1 96.6 0.03
  Few times or less 3.4 2.2
  Few times each month 0.3 0.3
  Once or more each week 0 0.7
  No response 0.2 0.3
 More usable (injected) drugs
  Desomorphine (crocodile) 27.7 16.1 0.00
  Heroin, sirets 45.4 53.1 0.00
  Street methadone 7.1 6.9 0.00
  Suboxone/Subutex 24.7 29.2 0.00
  Vint, jeff 17.7 24.0 0.00
  Tropicamid, Ketamine, Calypso 7.8 9.1 0.00
  Antihistamines in mixture 5.6 4.0 0.00
 How did they survive their last overdose?
  Ambulance 2.8 5.6 0.37
  Salty water injection 3.1 8.2
  Naloxone injection 13.4 6.1
Sex behaviour
 Sexual orientation identity
  Heterosexual 99.7 97.6 0.00
 Ever exchange of sex for drugs
  Yes 3.3 5.9 0.00
 Ever exchange of sex for money
  Yes 16.4 20.2 0.01
 Condom use during the last 6 months
  Did not have sex during the last 6 months 23.5 20.2 0.00
  Always 27.7 17.7
  Mostly 31.0 39.2
  Sometimes 14.1 17.2
  Never 0.1 0
  No response 3.5 5.6
HIV testing practice and knowledge
 Tested on HIV
  Never tested 20.4 70.2 0.00
 Knows HIV status*
  Yes 97.9 89.8 0.00
 HIV testing period*
  During the last month 9.5 3.5 0.00
  During the last 6 months 49.1 18.4
  During more than 1 year 40.6 76.9
  No response 0.9 1.2
 HIV knowledge
  Yes 75.2 53.0 0.00
  1. *Among those, who were tested
  2. Correctly answers on all 5 questions (Does your chance of infection decrease if your sexual partner is not infected and does not have sex with others? Is there a chance to reduce HIV infection risk if a person uses a condom every time during sex? Do you think that a healthy looking person may be HIV-positive? Can a person get HIV by using food or water of an HIV-infected person? Can HIV infection be transmitted by mosquito bite?) about HIV transmission