Factors associated with needle exchange use in East Harlem, New York City

Stephanie Tortu, Sherry Deren, Mark Beardsley, Rahul Hamid

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The research reported in this paper focused on out-of-treatment injection drug users recruited from the streets of East Harlem, New York City. Drug use was verified by urinalysis and HIV testing was offered. The research compared self-reported users and non-users of needle exchange programs (NEPs) on sociodemographic variables, HIV-related risk behaviors, and selected health variables. Results indicated that being White and having been incarcerated were the sociodemographic variables most strongly associated with NEP use. Other findings include the following: (1) compared to other groups, Puerto Ricans were most likely to be non-users of NEPs ; (2) there were no significant differences between NEP users and non-users in reported injection risks, but NEP users reported significantly less unprotected sex; and (3) health data indicated that almost 50% of those tested were HIV infected and many had histories of sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735-749
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Volume26
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1996

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Needle-Exchange Programs
Needles
HIV
Unsafe Sex
Injections
Urinalysis
sexually transmitted disease
Health
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Risk-Taking
Drug Users
health
Hispanic Americans
Research
risk behavior
Hepatitis
contagious disease
drug use
drug
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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Factors associated with needle exchange use in East Harlem, New York City. / Tortu, Stephanie; Deren, Sherry; Beardsley, Mark; Hamid, Rahul.

In: Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 26, No. 4, 09.1996, p. 735-749.

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Tortu, S, Deren, S, Beardsley, M & Hamid, R 1996, 'Factors associated with needle exchange use in East Harlem, New York City', Journal of Drug Issues, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 735-749.
Tortu, Stephanie ; Deren, Sherry ; Beardsley, Mark ; Hamid, Rahul. / Factors associated with needle exchange use in East Harlem, New York City. In: Journal of Drug Issues. 1996 ; Vol. 26, No. 4. pp. 735-749.
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