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Title: Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) Survey among Injecting Drungs in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal Round V-2011
Authors: ASHA Project
National Centre for AIDS and STD Control
Intrepid Nepal 
New ERA 
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Keywords: Biological and Behavioral Surveillance
Injecting Drugs Users 
Description: The National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC), Nepal has developed a comprehensive National HIV and STI Surveillance Plan that includes the Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS). This surveillance among injecting drug users (IDUs), men having sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSWs), male labor migrants (MLM) and wives of labor migrants (WLM) was conducted on a regular basis. These surveys are aimed at assessing health risk behaviors and monitoring the trend in the prevalence of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among Most At-Risk Populations (MARPs) to inform the national HIV response in Nepal. The IBBS surveys are conducted by NCASC with technical and financial support from FHI/Nepal and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This round of the IBBS was conducted among male injecting drug users (IDUs) in Kathmandu valley. The primary objective of the survey was to collect strategic information to analyze trends in HIV prevalence, injecting drug and sexual behaviors relating to HIV and STIs among IDUs. This report details the findings of the fifth round of the IBBS conducted among 340 male IDUs in the Kathmandu Valley, recruited using Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS). A structured questionnaire was administered to the respondents at a centrally located survey center. The questionnaire collected information on sexual behavior and HIV/AIDS awareness as well as socio-demographics. After the interview, clinical examinations were conducted by a Health Assistant and blood samples were collected for HIV and syphilis testing by a lab technician. The test results were provided in coordination with pre- and post-test counseling by a trained counselor in the survey center.
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