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NCJ Number: 128373 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Users' AIDS-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Before and After AIDS Education Sessions
Journal: Public Health Reports  Volume:105  Issue:5  Dated:(September-October 1990)  Pages:504-509
Author(s): L Dengelegi; J Weber; S Torquato
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Interviews with 100 drug abusers in a detoxification facility before and after receiving information about AIDS formed the basis of an analysis of the program's impacts on their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
Abstract: The participants entered the detoxification service at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City during August and September 1988. They included 71 men and 19 women, of whom 38 were black, 32 white, and 29 Hispanic. Their average age was 35 years. They randomly took part in either two, large-group film and discussion sessions; two, small support-group sessions; or a large group followed by a small group. Results showed that the participants had considerable information about AIDS and HIV transmission before receiving the educational programs. However, 79 percent reported never having used condoms, and 50 percent of the intravenous drug users reported sharing needles during that previous year. The program increased knowledge, stated intentions to use condoms, and increased determination to stop drug use. Results suggested that AIDS education efforts can be useful in programs to help prevent HIV transmission among drug users. Tables (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward AIDS; Drug offenders; Services effectiveness
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