Perceived serosorting of injection paraphernalia sharing networks among injection drug users in Baltimore, MD

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Abstract

We examined perceived serosorting of injection paraphernalia sharing networks among a sample of 572 injection drug users (IDUs). There was evidence for serosorting of high-risk injection behaviors among HIV-negative IDUs, as 94% of HIV-negative IDUs shared injection paraphernalia exclusively with perceived HIV-negative networks. However, 82% of HIV-positive IDUs shared injection paraphernalia with perceived HIV-negative networks. The findings indicate a potential risk of rapid HIV transmission. Future prevention efforts targeting IDUs should address the limitation of serosorting, and focus on preventing injection paraphernalia sharing regardless of potential sharing networks' perceived HIV status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Keywords

  • HIV risk
  • Injection drug use
  • Injection paraphernalia sharing
  • Serosorting
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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