Crack cocaine and hiv in the inner city

Kate Sugarman, Merrill Herman, Daniel Fernando, Brian R. Edlin, Sairus Faruque, Clyde B. Mccoy, Carl O. Word, Don C. Des Jarlais, Nancy Padian

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To the Editor: Our observations at our substance-abuse program for pregnant women and mothers correspond to those of Edlin and colleagues (Nov. 24 issue).1 Women addicted to “crack” cocaine are at substantially increased risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection as a result of their engaging in prostitution to support their addiction. We agree with the call for more substance-abuse treatment. In their Sounding Board article, Des Jarlais and colleagues (Nov. 24 issue)2 stress the importance of devoting resources to teaching safer sex strategies to drug addicts but do not explicitly mention the need to devote more funds to.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1233-1235
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 4 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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