The acquisition and maintenance of safer sexual behaviors among injection drug users

Samuel F. Posner, Linda M. Collins, Douglas Longshore, M. Douglas Anglin

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Abstract

The current research tests stage-sequential models of safer sexual behavior using a new method for data analysis called Latent Transition Analysis (LTA). Results are presented from data collected on 359 injection drug users participating in a seroconversion study conducted by the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center. We identified a six-stage model that adequately represented the data. Results indicate that respondents moved back and forth among high, medium, and low risk stages. This finding highlights the need for continual, sustained interventions to help maintain safer sex and drug using behaviors in highrisk groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1995-2015
Number of pages21
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume31
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Injection drug users
  • Latent transition analysis
  • Risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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