AIDS and self-organization among intravenous drug users

S. R. Friedman, Don Des Jarlais, J. L. Sotheran, J. Garber, H. Cohen, D. Smith

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Gays and intravenous (i.v.) drug users are the two largest risk groups for AIDS. Gays, unlike drug users, have formed many organizations to deal with AIDS. Data are presented indicating that gay individuals have more risk-reducing behavioral changes than have i.v. drug users. It is also shown that i.v. drug users are more likely to protect themselves if their acquaintances do so. It is suggested that collective self-organization can lead to peer support for risk reduction and that this can help i.v. drug users to reduce their risks on an ongoing basis. Difficulties that face i.v. drug users' attempts to organize collectively and examples of i.v. drug user collective organization to deal with AIDS and other problems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-219
Number of pages19
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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self-organization
Drug Users
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS
drug
Risk Reduction Behavior
organization
Sexual Minorities

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  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Friedman, S. R., Des Jarlais, D., Sotheran, J. L., Garber, J., Cohen, H., & Smith, D. (1987). AIDS and self-organization among intravenous drug users. Substance Use and Misuse, 22(3), 201-219. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826088709027425

AIDS and self-organization among intravenous drug users. / Friedman, S. R.; Des Jarlais, Don; Sotheran, J. L.; Garber, J.; Cohen, H.; Smith, D.

In: Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.01.1987, p. 201-219.

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Friedman, SR, Des Jarlais, D, Sotheran, JL, Garber, J, Cohen, H & Smith, D 1987, 'AIDS and self-organization among intravenous drug users', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 201-219. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826088709027425
Friedman, S. R. ; Des Jarlais, Don ; Sotheran, J. L. ; Garber, J. ; Cohen, H. ; Smith, D. / AIDS and self-organization among intravenous drug users. In: Substance Use and Misuse. 1987 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 201-219.
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