Hemali Mehta
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Publications 275
#1IslamSalequl (JU: Jahangirnagar University)H-Index: 6
#2Damani Arnold Piggott (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 7
Last.Gregory D. Kirk (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 51
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Background Bacterial infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality for persons who inject drugs (PWID). Injection cessation may help abrogate such infections, but maintaining complete cessation is challenging. Limited data exists on the role of reduced injection intensity on invasive bacterial infection risk. We sought to evaluate decreased risk for bacterial infections following cessation and substantive reduction in the injection intensity.
#1Megan E. Buresh (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 1
#2Becky Genberg (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 17
Last.Hemali Mehta (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 53
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Abstract Background Fentanyl-related mortality continues to increase in the US, but knowledge of the drivers of fentanyl use (both intentional and unintentional) remains limited. We conducted a rapid assessment to characterize knowledge, attitudes and practices related to fentanyl use in a community-based cohort of current and former people who inject drugs (PWID) in Baltimore, Maryland. Methods Between November 2017 and June 2018, participants of the AIDS Linked to the IntraVenous Experience (A...
#1Becky Genberg (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 17
#2Jacquie Astemborski (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 45
Last.Alison Gump Abraham (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 21
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Abstract Introduction Mental health care may mitigate negative consequences related to substance use and bolster engagement in care for drug dependence. Despite the increased risk of depression among people who inject drugs (PWID), the longitudinal relationship of depression symptoms with depression and drug treatment utilization in this population remains uncharacterized. Methods Data on depressive symptoms and depression treatment from current and former PWID in the ALIVE (AIDS Linked to the I...
#1Bohdan Nosyk (SFU: Simon Fraser University)H-Index: 25
#2Xiao Zang (SFU: Simon Fraser University)H-Index: 2
Last.Brandon D. L. Marshall (Brown University)H-Index: 29
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#1Andrew D. Redd (NIH: National Institutes of Health)H-Index: 18
#2Nicole A. Doria-Rose (Vaccine Research Center)H-Index: 34
Last.Brandon F. KeeleH-Index: 54
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#1Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 9
#2Catherine G. Sutcliffe (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 21
Last.Mark S. Sulkowski (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 76
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#1Sunil Solomon (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 24
#2Thomas C. Quinn (NIH: National Institutes of Health)H-Index: 92
Last.Syed H. IqbalH-Index: 4
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Abstract Background & Aims We evaluated the impact of integrating HCV testing/education into integrated care centers (ICCs) delivering HIV services to people who inject drugs (PWID) across India using a cluster-randomized trial. Methods We compared ICCs with usual care (UC) in the PWID stratum (12 sites) of a 22-site cluster-randomized trial. In 6 sites, ICCs delivering HIV testing, harm reduction, other preventive services and linkage to HIV treatment were scaled from opioid agonist therapy cen...
#1Risha Irvin (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 1
#2Geetanjali Chander (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 26
Last.Hemali Mehta (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 53
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Abstract Background Alcohol use in people who inject drugs (PWID) with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection accelerates liver disease progression. This paper describes the prevalence and associated correlates of alcohol use among HCV antibody positive PWID. Methods In a large cohort of HCV antibody positive PWID ( N = 1623) followed from 2005 to 2013, we characterized alcohol use using the AUDIT-C. We used multivariable logistic regression with generalized estimated equations to examine socio-demog...