HIV serostatus and changes in risk behaviors among drug injectors and crack users

Sherry Deren, Mark Beardsley, Stephanie Tortu, Marjorie F. Goldstein

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Interventions targeting high-risk drug users have found reductions in HIV risk behaviors over time. It is important to determine whether these changes occur among both HIV+ and HIV- drug users. A total of 225 drug injectors (31% HIV+) and 316 crack users (15% HIV+) were administered a baseline interview, received HIV testing, received test results, and participated in a 6-month follow-up interview. Both HIV+ and HIV- subjects significantly reduced risk behaviors over time, with greater reduction in some behaviors (e.g., percent of injectors sharing drug injection paraphernalia, p < .05) by HIV+ subjects. This finding supports the utility of HIV testing for high-risk drug users. Further research is needed to enhance understanding of risk behaviors and risk reduction among seropositives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171
Number of pages1
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Crack smokers
  • Drug injectors
  • HIV
  • Risk behaviors
  • Serostatus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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