Big Events in Greece and HIV Infection Among People Who Inject Drugs

Subst Use Misuse. 2015;50(7):825-38. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2015.978659. Epub 2015 Feb 27.


Big Events are processes like macroeconomic transitions that have lowered social well-being in various settings in the past. Greece has been hit by the global crisis and experienced an HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs. Since the crisis began (2008), Greece has seen population displacement, inter-communal violence, cuts in governmental expenditures, and social movements. These may have affected normative regulation, networks, and behaviors. However, most pathways to risk remain unknown or unmeasured. We use what is known and unknown about the Greek HIV outbreak to suggest modifications in Big Events models and the need for additional research.

Keywords: Big Events; Greece; HIV; drug use networks; drugs; economic crisis; epidemics; epidemiology; injectors; risk environments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Greece / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Social Problems*
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / epidemiology*