Many drug injectors continue to engage in behaviors that lead them to become infected with HIV in spite of a wide variety of public health programs. In addition, many persons have begun to inject drugs in spite of knowing the risks of AIDS. The inadequacy of current efforts to prevent these behaviors suggests that additional forms of intervention should be attempted. We suggest that social interventions be tried to complement current programs (almost all of which have an individual focus). Evidence that social factors such as peer pressure and the social relations of race affect risk behavior is presented. Social interventions that are discussed include organizing drug injectors against AIDS in ways analogous to those in which gays organized against the epidemic, and finding ways to change large‐scale social relationships that predispose people to inject drugs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||British Journal of Addiction|
|State||Published - Mar 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)