Comparison of HIV risk by duration of injection drug use

David Vlahov, Danielle C Ompad, Crystal M Fuller, Vijay Nandi

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    Early studies documented an inverse association between the HIV risk and duration of injection among injection drug users (IDUs). Results from subsequent studies have been inconsistent. To examine this issue, we conducted interviews with 395 street-recruited active IDUs from 38 neighborhoods in New York City during 2005 and 2008. We observed no significant differences in drug or risky sex behaviors by duration of drug use among these IDUs. Despite this, continuing to tailor HIV prevention programs for these recent-onset IDUs is prudent. The study's limitations are noted.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)181-191
    Number of pages11
    JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - Jan 10 2011


    • HIV
    • adolescent and young adults
    • epidemiology
    • injection
    • substance use

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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