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Chronic Diseases and Conditions

 The qualitative workstream of CHEMP stretches in a number of directions ranging from a study on adherence to medication among cardiovascular patients, to an exploration of stigma among the mental health community of St. Petersburg, to a focus-group oriented investigation into the population's attitudes to and perceptions of the recent anti-tobacco legislation in Russia. Dr Peter Meylakhs, who is also involved in ground-breaking work examining drug use among Russian youth and HIV denialism, leads this workstream. Future work will seek to use qualitative methods to explore the population's understanding of 'health' and 'good health' in Russia, with a view to informing the development of outcome based studies.  



  • HIV/Hepatitis C
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental Health


 Peter Meylakhs

Senior Research Fellow


  • НКО Феникс+
  • ФГБУ "НМИЦ им. В.А. Алмазова"
  • National Development Research Institute
  • The Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) New York University
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Oxford University


Mateu-Gelabert P., Guarino H., Quinn K.,  Meylakhs P. , Campos S., Meylakhs A., Berbesi D., Toro-Tobón D., Goodbody E., Ompad D. C., Friedman S. R. Young Drug Users: a Vulnerable Population and an Underutilized Resource in HIV/HCV Prevention. //  Current HIV/AIDS Reports. 2018. Vol. 15. No. 4. P. 324-335

 Gerry C., Quirmbach D. Gender, education and Russia’s tobacco epidemic: A life-course approach // Social Science & Medicine. 2016. No. 160. P. 54-66.

 Kuznetsova A.,  Meylakhs A., Amirkhanian Y., Kelly J., Yakovlev A., Musatov V., Amirkhanian A. Barriers and Facilitators of HIV Care Engagement: Results of a Qualitative Study in St. Petersburg, Russia. //  AIDS and Behavior. 2016. Vol. 10. No. 20. P. 2433-2443

   Meylakhs P. , Friedman S. R., Mateu-Gelabert P., Sandoval M., Meylakhs A. Taking care of themselves: how long-term injection drug users avoid HIV and Hepatitis C // Sociology of Health and Illness. 2015. Vol. 37. No. 4. P. 626-641

 Amirkhanian Y., Kelly J., Kuznetsova A.,  Meylakhs A, Yakovlev A., Musatov V., Chaika N. Using social network methods to reach out-of-care or ART-nonadherent HIV+ injection drug users in Russia: addressing a gap in the treatment cascade. //  Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2014. Vol. 17. No. 4

Zheluk A., Quinn C.,  Meylakhs P. Internet search and krokodil in the Russian Federation: an infoveillance study // Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2014. Vol. 16. No. 9. P. e212.

Peter Meylakhs , Friedman S. R., Sandoval M., Mateu-Gelabert P., Des Jarlais D. C. Symbiotic Goals and the Prevention of Blood-Borne Viruses Among Injection Drug Users // Substance Use and Misuse. 2011. Vol. 46. No. 2/3. P. 307-315.

 Mateu-Gelabert P., Sandoval M.,  Meylakhs P., Wendel T., Friedman S. R. Strategies for Avoiding Opioid Withdrawal: Implications for HCV and HIV Risks // International Journal of Drug Policy . 2010. Vol. 21. No. 3. P. 179-185.

 Мейлахс П. А.  Социологические, политологические и идеологические аспекты аддиктологии // В кн.: Руководство по аддиктологии. СПб. : Речь, 2007. С. 63-90.



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