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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Abstract

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)
Number of pages1
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

Keywords

  • 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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