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NCJ Number: 119734 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Substance Abuse Professionals in the AIDS Epidemic (From AIDS and Substance Abuse, P 175-206, 1988, Larry Siegel, ed., -- See NCJ-119722)
Author(s): D E Smith
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 32
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: This article examines the expanding role of drug abuse treatment professionals in the AIDS epidemic.
Abstract: This role includes the utilization of predictive models to help focus prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts for intravenous (IV) drug users, who are the second largest at-risk group for HIV contagion after homosexual males, as well as adolescents. Specifically, the needle-sharing ritual, the "teach and bleach" method of community-based outreach prevention, the controversy surrounding drug maintenance programs and free needle distribution, and HIV antibody testing and confidentiality are addressed. It is crucial for chemical dependency treatment programs to apprise themselves, on an ongoing basis, of both individual and organizational guidelines regarding AIDS and to develop AIDS and chemical dependency treatment components within their programs in order to keep drug abuse treatment itself from being compromised. 1 graph, 1 chart, 29 notes.
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs
Index Term(s): Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Substance abuse agencies
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