High risk sexual behaviours among heroin sniffers who have no history of injection drug use: implications for HIV risk reduction
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The purpose of this paper is to assess sexual behaviours which place heroin sniffers (HSs) at high risk for HIV infection. A stratified 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.
Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy
Sánchez, Jesús; Comerford, Mary; Chitwood, Dale D.; Fernandez, Maria I.; and McCoy, Clyde B., "High risk sexual behaviours among heroin sniffers who have no history of injection drug use: implications for HIV risk reduction" (2002). Faculty Articles. 928.