Journal of
AIDS and HIV Research

  • Abbreviation: J. AIDS HIV Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2359
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAHR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 283

Full Length Research Paper

Opportunistic infections among human immune deficiency virus (HIV) positive injecting drug users of Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Tanni Chowdhury
  • Tanni Chowdhury
  • Centre for Child and Adolescent Health (CCAH), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
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Obidul Huq
  • Obidul Huq
  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Department of Food Technology and Nutritional Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Santosh, Tangail, Bangladesh.
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Provat Roy
  • Provat Roy
  • Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
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Mesbah Uddin Talukder
  • Mesbah Uddin Talukder
  • Department of Food Technology and Nutritional Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Santosh, Tangail, Bangladesh.
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Formuzul Haque
  • Formuzul Haque
  • Department of Nutrition and Food Engineering, Daffodil International University, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh.
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  •  Accepted: 14 February 2014
  •  Published: 31 March 2014

Abstract

A descriptive cross sectional study was carried out among the 116 human immune deficiency virus (HIV) positive drug addicted people in Dhaka city during September, 2012 to March, 2013. The major objectives of this study were to assess the various spectra of opportunistic infections among drug users who are HIV positive for at least three years. Young adults are more frequent drug users and males are more prone to drug addiction as compared to females. Educational backgrounds of the HIV positive drug users were not satisfactory as most of them were illiterate or primary educated. Most of the male respondents were jobless, whereas most of the female respondents were sex workers. Majority of the drug addicts were low income earners. Infected respondents went to Mukta Akash program; an NGO based treatment and rehabilitation program when their infections got worse.

Key words: Opportunistic infections, drug user, human immune deficiency virus (HIV), fungal infections, Mukta Akash.