Comparison of HIV risk by duration of injection drug use

David Vlahov, Danielle C Ompad, Crystal M Fuller, Vijay Nandi

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Early studies documented an inverse association between the HIV risk and duration of injection among injection drug users (IDUs). Results from subsequent studies have been inconsistent. To examine this issue, we conducted interviews with 395 street-recruited active IDUs from 38 neighborhoods in New York City during 2005 and 2008. We observed no significant differences in drug or risky sex behaviors by duration of drug use among these IDUs. Despite this, continuing to tailor HIV prevention programs for these recent-onset IDUs is prudent. The study's limitations are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-91
Number of pages11
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2011


  • Adult
  • Drug Users
  • HIV Infections
  • HIV Seropositivity
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • New York City
  • Risk
  • Risk-Taking
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous
  • Time Factors
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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