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J Urban Health. 2010 Jul;87(4):586-91. doi: 10.1007/s11524-010-9451-7.

Impact of interim methadone maintenance on HIV risk behaviors.

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  • 1Friends Research Institute, Inc., 1040 Park Avenue, Suite 103, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. mwilson@friendsresearch.org

Abstract

The extent to which interim methadone (IM) without counseling reduces HIV risk behavior has not been reported. The AIDS Risk Assessment scale was administered at baseline and 4-month follow-up to 319 adult heroin-dependent participants randomly assigned to IM or waiting list. On an intent-to-treat basis, there was a significantly greater reduction in drug injection and unprotected sex while high from baseline to follow-up, favoring the IM condition. Remedying the shortage of methadone capacity through the expansion of IM would be a worthwhile approach to reducing the spread of HIV infection.

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