Gregory D Kirk
Johns Hopkins University
Publications 232
#1IslamSalequl (JU: Jahangirnagar University)H-Index: 7
#2Damani Arnold Piggott (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 7
Last.Gregory D Kirk (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 48
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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: 19
Last.Hemali Mehta (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 54
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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...
#1Joan Nankya-Mutyoba (MUK: Makerere University)H-Index: 2
#2Jim Aizire (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 6
Last.Gregory D Kirk (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 48
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With most countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lagging behind schedule to implement a comprehensive viral hepatitis elimination strategy, several barriers to accurate information and hepatitis B virus (HBV) services still exist, that are unique to different regions. In an obstetric population of a high HBV burden SSA setting without antenatal HBV services, we systematically evaluated perceptions and prevention behavioral intentions in relation to HBV and liver cancer. Eligible consenting pregna...
#1Smita Kulkarni (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 11
#2Alexandra Lied (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 3
Last.Mary Carrington (MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)H-Index: 46
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#1Becky Genberg (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 19
#2Jacquie Astemborski (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 45
Last.Alison Gump Abraham (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 23
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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...
#1Andrew D. Redd (NIH: National Institutes of Health)H-Index: 19
#2Nicole A. Doria-Rose (Vaccine Research Center)H-Index: 35
Last.Thomas C. Quinn (NIH: National Institutes of Health)H-Index: 108
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#1Jada Hackman (NIH: National Institutes of Health)
#2Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 10
Last.Oliver Laeyendecker (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 43
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Abstract This study examines correlates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genetic clustering among community-recruited people who inject drugs enrolled in the AIDS Linked to the IntraVenous Experience cohort in Baltimore between 1988 and 1989. HCV RNA was extracted and the core/envelope-1 region was sequenced. Clusters were identified from maximum likelihood trees with 1000 bootstrap replicates using a 70% aLRT and a 4% genetic-distance threshold in Cluster Picker. Overall, 46% of participants were in ...
#1Risha Irvin (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 2
#2Geetanjali Chander (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 27
Last.Hemali Mehta (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 54
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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-demogr...