The next problem: Maintenance of AIDS risk reduction among intravenous drug users

Don Des Jarlais, A. Abdul-Quader, S. Tross

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Intravenous drug users have surprised many policymakers and researchers by exhibiting large-scale AIDS risk reduction. Relapse from desired behavior change has been a traditional problem in treatment for drug misuse/dependence. Failure to maintain AIDS risk reduction was examined in a study of 399 intravenous drug users from New York City. Over 80% of the subjects reported initiating risk reduction, but 36% of those also reported that they did not fully maintain the risk reduction. Factors associated with initiating risk reduction were not necessarily associated with maintenance, indicating that different types of change processes may be occurring. At the policy level, one needs to think of long-term efforts to reduce the spread of HIV among drug users; ''quick fix'' programs are not likely to be effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1292
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of the Addictions
Volume26
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991

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Risk Reduction Behavior
Drug Users
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS
Maintenance
drug
relapse
Substance-Related Disorders
Research Personnel
HIV
Recurrence

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The next problem : Maintenance of AIDS risk reduction among intravenous drug users. / Des Jarlais, Don; Abdul-Quader, A.; Tross, S.

In: International Journal of the Addictions, Vol. 26, No. 12, 01.12.1991, p. 1279-1292.

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