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NCJ Number: 134170 Find in a Library
Title: Fear of AIDS Among Intravenous Drug Users in London and New York
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:26  Issue:2  Dated:(1991)  Pages:203-212
Author(s): E H DuPont
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 100 intravenous drug users in New York and 89 intravenous drug users in London was given a survey which asked them to rate levels of fear they experienced and to note fear-related behaviors over the previous 8 weeks.
Abstract: Almost all respondents in both cities knew that AIDS is spread by shared needles, but few realized that AIDS can also be spread by homosexual and heterosexual relations. The media was cited by most respondents as the source of their information about AIDS; although more respondents in New York had learned about AIDS from governmental information or from a counselor. The high level of fear among respondents was consistent with the behavior modifications that they reported. While a wide range of preventive activities was noted, practicing safe sex was more often cited in New York. Because this sample consisted of intravenous drug users in treatment, the findings suggest that fear of AIDS may prompt drug users to enter treatment programs. 2 tables and 7 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention; Behavior modification; Drug treatment programs; England; US/foreign comparisons
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