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NCJ Number: 119703 Find in a Library
Title: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Intravenous Drug Abuse
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:40  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (1988)  Pages:21-34
Author(s): R J Battjes; C G Leukefeld; R W Pickens; H W Haverkos
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 13
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: Intravenous drug abusers constitute 25 percent of the cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in adults in the United States of America and 21 percent of such cases in Europe.
Abstract: The potential for rapid spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) among intravenous drug users is high because of shared drug needles. As long as intravenous drug users are addicted, they will be at risk for contracting AIDS. Therefore, the primary way to prevent AIDS is the treatment of drug addicts. Drug abuse treatment resources should be expanded and outreach programs developed to encourage drug abusers to enter treatment. AIDS risk-reduction counseling must be provided to intravenous drug abusers who continue injecting drugs and to addicts' sexual partners to prevent the spread of HIV. 50 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention; AIDS/HIV transmission
Index Term(s): Drug dependence; Risk taking behavior
Note: Special issue on treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration of drug dependent persons.
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