Measurement of HIV risk behaviors among intravenous drug users

JACK F. SAMUELS, DAVID VLAHOV, JAMES C. ANTHONY, RICHARD E. CHAISSON

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Abstract

This paper reviews issues related to the measurement of drug use and other behaviors in studies of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in intravenous drug users. These issues include: (1) choice of variables, (2) study design, (3) time frame of measurement, (4) categories of measurement, (5) interviewer effects, and (6) validity of measurement. Difficulties and approaches for measuring drug use and other intimate behaviors in intravenous drug users are discussed. Attempts to come to terms with these measurement issues in the context of HIV infection in intravenous drug users should lead to the Junker development of methods for use in the general context of drug abuse research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-428
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1992

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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