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NCJ Number: 185210 Find in a Library
Title: Injection Drug Use and Unprotected Sex among Institutionalized Drug Users in China
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:Summer 2000  Pages:663-673
Author(s): Xiaoming Li; Bonita Stanton; Yong Zhou
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines injecting drugs and needle sharing as well as multiple sexual partners and failure to use a condom among institutionalized drug users in China.
Abstract: Data were obtained from 833 institutionalized drug users in southwest China. More than two-thirds of the sample reported frequent intravenous or intramuscular drug injection. Among injection drug users (IDUs), 78 percent shared needles. Compared to non-IDUs, IDUs who also shared needles had significantly higher rates of having multiple sexual partners and of never having used a condom. Findings suggest that IDUs in China are a population at high risk for HIV infection and underscore the urgency of preventing injection drug use and unprotected sexual practices among drug users in China. Injection drug use and unprotected sexual practices, in addition to endangering IDUs, also might facilitate the spread of HIV infection to other risk populations, e.g., the “transient population” of rural residents migrating to urban areas in search of jobs, and prostitutes. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV education; Behavioral and Social Sciences; China; Crime in foreign countries; Demography; Drug abuse in correctional facilities; Economic influences; Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Social conditions
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