Impact of social network characteristics on high-risk sexual behaviors among non-injection drug users

Daniel J. Pilowsky, Donald Hoover, Bernadette Hadden, Crystal Fuller, Danielle C. Ompad, Howard F. Andrews, Cora L. De Leon, Lori Hoepner, Qi Xia, Carl Latkin

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Abstract

Sexually active non-injection drug users in New York City and their sexual partners or fellow drug users (N = 264) were recruited from 2002 to 2005, and associations between social network characteristics and sexual risk behaviors were examined. We assessed social networks, sexual practices, and drug use. Results suggest having a drug-centered social network, i.e., a network that includes a high proportion of individuals who provide, receive, or use drugs, increases the risk of engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors. The study's limitations are noted and longitudinal studies are needed to ascertain whether these associations are causal. Funding was provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1629-1649
Number of pages21
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume42
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Drug users
  • High-risk sexual behaviors
  • Non-injecting drug users (NIDUs)
  • Personal networks
  • Social networks
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Pilowsky, D. J., Hoover, D., Hadden, B., Fuller, C., Ompad, D. C., Andrews, H. F., De Leon, C. L., Hoepner, L., Xia, Q., & Latkin, C. (2007). Impact of social network characteristics on high-risk sexual behaviors among non-injection drug users. Substance Use and Misuse, 42(11), 1629-1649. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826080701205372