HIV risk behaviors among young drug using women who have sex with women (WSWs) in New York city

Danielle C. Ompad, Samuel R. Friedman, Sel J. Hwahng, Vijay Nandi, Crystal M. Fuller, David Vlahov

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    Previous research has suggested that multiple stressors may work in tandem to affect the health of women who have sex with women (WSWs). WSWs have been a part of the HIV epidemic in New York City since the beginning, making it an ideal setting to further explore these women's risk. Among a sample of 375 heroin, crack and/or cocaine using women recruited from economically disadvantaged communities in New York City, we examined HIV seroprevalence and risk behaviors among WSWs as compared to women who have sex with men only (WSMOs). We also explore differences between WSWs and WSMOs with respect to potential stressors (i.e., decreased access to resources and health care utilization and violence victimization) that might contribute overall HIV risk. The study's limitations are noted.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)274-284
    Number of pages11
    JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - Jan 10 2011



    • New York City
    • cultural competency
    • injection drug use
    • multiple stressors
    • non-injection drug use
    • protective factors
    • risk factors
    • sexual identity
    • sexual orientation
    • women who have sex with women

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Ompad, D. C., Friedman, S. R., Hwahng, S. J., Nandi, V., Fuller, C. M., & Vlahov, D. (2011). HIV risk behaviors among young drug using women who have sex with women (WSWs) in New York city. Substance Use and Misuse, 46(2-3), 274-284.