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NCJ Number: 119729 Find in a Library
Title: Sterile Needles and the Epidemic of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: Issues for Drug Abuse Treatment and Public Health (From AIDS and Substance Abuse, P 99-105, 1988, Larry Siegel, ed., -- See NCJ-119722)
Author(s): P A Selwyn
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The debate over the provision of sterile injection equipment to intravenous drug users, as a means of preventing the spread of the AIDS epidemic, has a number of political, ethical, and clinical implications.
Abstract: The issue has been inappropriately dichotomized as a conflict between public health agendas and the traditional priorities of drug treatment. The relevant issues include the existence of evidence for needle-sharing as a route of transmission of HIV among intravenous drug users, the role of needle scarcity as a factor promoting needle-sharing behavior and evidence for the ability of drug users to change such behavior, and the possibility of increased needled availability leading to increased prevalence of intravenous drug abuse. Also, there is the possibility that the provision of sterile needles would compromise treatment efforts among drug abusers currently or potentially engaged in the treatment system. A multilevel strategy for AIDS prevention among drug users is suggested, addressing both the availability of sterile injection equipment and the promotion of drug treatment goals. 10 notes. (Author abstract modified).
Main Term(s): Drug paraphernalia
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Drug dependence; Risk taking behavior
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