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Table 3 Injection equipment, other health products, and related items to be distributed via vending machines—participants’ wish list (N = 149)

From: Perceived acceptability of and willingness to use syringe vending machines: results of a cross-sectional survey of out-of-service people who inject drugs in Tbilisi, Georgia

Item N (%) 95% CI
Lower Upper
Needles and syringes 148 (99) 95.3% 99.9%
Cotton 89 (60) 51.6% 67.4%
Sterile water 88 (59) 50.9% 66.7%
Oral HIV self-test kit 83 (56) 47.6% 63.6%
Alcohol swab 82 (55) 46.9% 62.9%
Naloxone 69 (46) 38.4% 54.4%
Small glass vial 50 (34) 26.4% 41.6%
HCV self-test kit (if becomes available) 49 (33) 25.7% 40.9%
Male condom 47 (32) 24.5% 39.5%
Tourniquet 44 (30) 22.7% 37.4%
Scalp vein (butterfly) set 37 (25) 18.5% 32.5%
Contact information of available services 30 (20) 14.4% 27.4%
Risk reduction information and education materials 25 (17) 11.5% 23.7%
Filters 22 (15) 9.9% 21.5%
Cooking spoon 20 (13) 8.8% 20.0%
Female condom 18 (12) 7.7% 18.4%
Lemon acid1 16 (11) 6.6% 16.9%
Roller-bandage* 16 (11) 6.6% 16.9%
Medical plaster* 10 (7) 3.6% 12.1%
Pregnancy test kit 12 (8) 4.6% 13.7%
Iodine* 8 (5) 2.7% 10.4%
Hand napkins (wet)* 7 (5) 2.2% 9.6%
Antihistamine medicine*,2 7 (5) 2.2% 9.6%
Hand napkins (dry)* 6 (4) 1.8% 8.7%
Drug testing kit* 5 (3) 1.4% 7.9%
Surgical spirit* 4 (3) 1.0% 7.0%
Pain killer pills* 3 (2) .6% 6.1%
Solid fuel tablets*,3 2 (1) .3% 5.3%
Other*,4 7
  1. *Items were not in a predefined list, but were added/proposed by participants
  2. 1To be added to low quality heroin
  3. 2Often mixed with opioids to increase the potency and prolong the effect
  4. 3Used to hit up heroin solution; also used at the final stage when preparing home-made stimulants or opioids to hit up drug solution; candle often used for similar purposes
  5. 4Items that received lowest endorsement (named only once) such as lighter, candle, urine testing kit and so on