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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Abstract

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
Volume46
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Risk-Taking
risk behavior
HIV
drug
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
HIV Seroprevalence
Crack Cocaine
Health Services Accessibility
Crime Victims
Heroin
Women's Health
Vulnerable Populations
Violence
victimization
utilization
health care
violence
Research
health

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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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. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2011.523284

HIV risk behaviors among young drug using women who have sex with women (WSWs) in New York city. / Ompad, Danielle C.; Friedman, Samuel R.; Hwahng, Sel J.; Nandi, Vijay; Fuller, Crystal M.; Vlahov, David.

In: Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 46, No. 2-3, 10.01.2011, p. 274-284.

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Ompad, DC, Friedman, SR, Hwahng, SJ, Nandi, V, Fuller, CM & 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, vol. 46, no. 2-3, pp. 274-284. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2011.523284
Ompad, Danielle C. ; Friedman, Samuel R. ; Hwahng, Sel J. ; Nandi, Vijay ; Fuller, Crystal M. ; Vlahov, David. / HIV risk behaviors among young drug using women who have sex with women (WSWs) in New York city. In: Substance Use and Misuse. 2011 ; Vol. 46, No. 2-3. pp. 274-284.
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