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Summary Objective  To assess differences of HIV risk between ethnicities in northwestern China. Method  Cross-sectional serosurvey and structured questionnaire interview of 383 injection drug users of either Han or Uigur ethnicity in Urumqi, Xinjiang. Results  Both Uigur minority ethnicity and residence in a Uigur or mixed Uigur/Han community were independently associated with higher HIV risk. Conclusion  HIV prevention programs should give special focus on minority ethnic drug users and their communities.

Risque élevé de VIH chez les usagers de drogue dans les minorités ethniques de Uigur dans le nord-ouest de la Chine Objectif 

Evaluer les différences dans le risque du VIH selon l’ethnicité dans le nord-ouest de la Chine. Méthode 

Etude transversale sérologique et par interview au moyen de questionnaire structuré sur 383 usagers de drogue par injection appartenant aux ethnies Han ou Uigur à Urumqi à Xinjiang. Résultats 

La minorité ethnique ainsi que la résidence au sein d’une communauté Uigur ou d’une communauté mixte Uigur/Han étaient indépendamment associées à un risque élevé de VIH. Conclusion 

les programmes de prévention du VIH devraient accorder une attention particulière aux usagers de drogues dans les minorités ethniques et à leurs communautés.
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Keywords: China; Chine; HIV; Usuarios de drogas inyectables; VIH; ambiente; environnent du risque; injection drug users; riego; risk environment; usagers de drogue par injection

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1:  State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, China 2:  Urumqi Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Urumqi, China 3:  Xinjiang Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Urumqi, China 4:  Institute for Global Health and Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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