IBBS 2011, Round V, Injecting Drug Users; Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys, Nepal
IBBS 2011, Round V, Injecting Drug Users
Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys, Nepal
Brief Description of Survey
The fifth round of Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) surveys among male injecting drug users (IDUs) covered a sample of 685 respondents in Kathmandu valley-Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts (n=340) and Pokhara valley (n=345), henceforth referred to as Kathmandu and Pokhara. The previous rounds of IBBS surveys were conducted among the same sub-population in 2002/2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The surveys were carried out primarily to track the trends in the prevalence of HIV and syphilis infection among male IDUs and to assess their sexual and injecting behaviors. The surveys also explored the respondents’ knowledge of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI), the presence of STI symptoms, sexual and injecting behaviors, and exposure to HIV programs.