College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

High risk sexual behaviours among heroin sniffers who have no history of injection drug use: implications for HIV risk reduction

ISBN or ISSN

0954-0121

Publication Title

AIDS Care

Volume

14

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

6-1-2002

First Page

391

Last Page

398

DOI Number

10.1080/09540120220123793

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assess sexual behaviours which place heroin sniffers (HSs) at high risk for HIV infection. A stratiŽ ed network-based sample was used to recruit HSs who had no history of injection drug use was recruited from the streets of South Florida, USA. HSs displayed a high HIV seroprevalence rate of 12.1%; women (18.1%) were more likely than men (8.7%) to test positive for HIV. Both men and women HSs engaged in considerable high risk sex behaviour, including high risk sex-exchange behaviour. The use of crack cocaine was associated with increased sex exchange behaviour among women. The need for intervention programs targeted toward HSs is discussed.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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