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Интравенско коришћење дроге у Београду као синдемијско окружење
Intravenous Drug Use in Belgrade as a Syndemic Environment

Author(s): Bojan Žikić
Subject(s): Anthropology, Substance abuse and addiction, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Београду
Keywords: syndemic; intravenous drug use; HCV; HIV; Belgrade; anthropology;

Summary/Abstract: Singer’s concept of syndemic, which signifies the combined presence of two or more diseases within a population, where these diseases represent the consequences of the way of life or living conditions of the population in question, is applied to intravenous drug use in Belgrade. The diseases which are taken into account are HIV/AIDS, HCV, pulmonary diseases and sexually transmitted diseases. It is shown that the circumstances which are inherent to the milieu of intravenous drug use, and which otherwise influence its formation, also influence the development of syndemics within it, or rather its establishing as a factor of the syndemic, the major epidemiological basis of which is constituted by HCV.

  • Issue Year: 8/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 927-944
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian