Behavior change and health-related interventions for heterosexual risk reduction among drug users

Salaam Semaan, Don C. Des Jarlais, Rob Malow

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Prevention of heterosexual transmission of HIV between and from drug users is important for controlling the local and global HIV heterosexual epidemic. Sex risk reduction interventions and health-related interventions are important for reducing the sex risk behaviors of drug users. Sex risk reduction interventions address individual-level, peer-level, and structural-level determinants of risk reduction. Health-related interventions include HIV counseling and testing, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and delivery of highly active antiretroviral therapy. It is important to adapt effective interventions implemented in resource-rich countries to the realities of the resource-constrained settings and to address relevant contextual factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1378
Number of pages30
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number10-12
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006



  • Global research
  • HIV
  • Injection drug use
  • Research interventions
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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