HIV risk and prevention among hispanic immigrants in New York: The salience of diversity

Sherry Deren, Michele Shedlin, Sung Yeon Kang, Dharma E. Cortées

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The importance of identifying differences in HIV risk between Hispanic subgroups is the focus of this article. Data are drawn from two New York-based HIV-related studies: among Puerto Rican drug users and among new immigrants from Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Results indicated that intercultural individuals (i.e., those involved in both Puerto Rican and mainland cultures) were less risky in terms of injection- and sex-related risk behaviors and that geographic and other contextual factors, along with cultural norms, influence risk behaviors for immigrants. Both studies indicate the need to differentiate subgroup factors affecting HIV risk and prevention behaviors to develop appropriate and effective community-based interventions. The study's limitations are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-263
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 10 2011


  • HIV
  • HIV risk
  • Hispanics
  • drug use
  • immigrants
  • interculturality
  • migrants
  • protective factors
  • risk behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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