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Barriers and facilitators of access to HIV, harm reduction and sexual and reproductive health services by women who inject drugs: role of community-based outreach and drop-in centers

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Barriers and facilitators of access to HIV, harm reduction and sexual and reproductive health services by women who inject drugs : role of community-based outreach and drop-in centers. / Ayon, Sylvia; Ndimbii, James; Abdulrahman, Taib; Mlewa, Onesmus; Wang, Bangyuan; Ragi, Allan; Mburu, Gitau.

In: AIDS Care, Vol. 30, No. 4, 05.2018, p. 480-487.

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Ayon, Sylvia ; Ndimbii, James ; Abdulrahman, Taib ; Mlewa, Onesmus ; Wang, Bangyuan ; Ragi, Allan ; Mburu, Gitau. / Barriers and facilitators of access to HIV, harm reduction and sexual and reproductive health services by women who inject drugs : role of community-based outreach and drop-in centers. In: AIDS Care. 2018 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 480-487.

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