HIV Infection and HIV-Associated Behaviors Among Injecting Drug Users-20 Cities, United States, 2009

Wejnert, Cyprian; Oster, Alexandra M.; DiNenno, Elizabeth A.; Smith, Amanda; Krishna, Nevin; Lansky, Amy
July 2012
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;7/25/2012, Vol. 308 Issue 4, p332
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a report from the U.S. National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System related to HIV infection and HIV-associated behaviors among injecting drug users (IDUs) in several U.S. cities. It states that the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System tested several IDUs from U.S. metropolitan statistical areas for HIV infection in 2009 among which nine percent tested positive for HIV, of whom 45 percent were unaware of their infection. It shows that the prevalence of HIV infection was higher among Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks than non-Hispanic whites. The risk behavior prevalences in the report show that IDUs are at risk for acquiring HIV infection through their sexual behavior in addition to their drug use practices.


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