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Table 3 Univariate responses to survey questions

From: A national physician survey on prescribing syringes as an HIV prevention measure

  Total Yes No Don't know
  n n (%) n (%) n (%)
Do you have injection drug users (IDUs) as patients in your practice? 571 232 40.6% 339 59.4% - -
Is it legal in your state to prescribe syringes? 572 40 70.0% 82 14.3% 450 78.7%
Would you consider prescribing syringes as part of an effort to prevent blood-borne pathogens? 568 267 47.0% 160 28.2% 141 24.8%
Do you know other MDs who prescribe syringes? 571 42 7.40% 529 92.6% - -
Why do you think IDUs share needles?        
   They don't know any better 509 278 54.6% 231 45.4%   
   It is part of the drug culture 531 441 83.1% 90 16.9%   
   They don't have access to enough syringes 537 505 94.0% 32 6.0%   
   Lack of money 530 478 90.2% 52 9.8%   
   Fear of going to a needle exchange facility 503 395 78.5% 108 21.5%   
Do you raise the issue of drug use when reviewing a patient's medical status or history?   417 98.1% 8 1.9%   
Do you ask your patients about their use of individual illegal drugs?   554 96.3% 21 3.7%   
Have you ever prescribed syringes to diabetic patients that you knew or suspected would use them to inject illegal drugs   57 10.1% 509 98.9%   
Have you ever prescribed syringes to patient with no other indication that you suspected would use them to inject illegal drugs to prevent spread of disease?   19 3.4% 546 96.6%