Training drug treatment patients to conduct peer-based hiv outreach: An ethnographic perspective on peers' experiences

Honoria Guarino, Sherry Deren, Milton Mino, Sung Yeon Kang, Michele G. Shedlin

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From 2005 to 2008, the Bienvenidos Project trained Puerto Rican patients of New York City and New Jersey Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs to conduct peer-based community outreach to migrant Puerto Rican drug users to reduce migrants' HIV risk behaviors. Ethnographic research, including focus groups, individual interviews, and observations, was conducted with a subset of the patients trained as peers (n 49; 67 male; mean age 40.3 years) to evaluate the self-perceived effects of the intervention. Results of the ethnographic component of this study are summarized. The role of ethnographic methods in implementing and evaluating this kind of intervention is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-436
Number of pages23
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 23 2010



  • Ethnography
  • HIV prevention
  • Intervention evaluation
  • Methadone maintenance treatment
  • Peer outreach
  • Qualitative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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