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N Y State J Med. 1990 Mar;90(3):123-6.

Changes in AIDS risk behavior among intravenous drug abusers in New York City.

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  • 1American Health Foundation, New York, NY 10017.


Forty newly admitted patients to a methadone treatment clinic in New York City were interviewed to assess their patterns of intravenous (IV) drug abuse, sexual activity, and other risk behaviors for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The study revealed a marked decline in needle sharing since 1984 (46% to 14%), despite a concurrent doubling of the number of weekly IV drug injections per subject (10 to 21). High rates of promiscuous heterosexual activity were noted among men (80% said they were currently active with more than one woman), while the rates of condom use were low, as reported by both men and women (less than 30%). Recent reduction in weight were reported by 40% of subjects, and the average body mass of all individuals was subnormal. Thus, despite an apparent decline in needle sharing, high risk sexual behavior is apparently persisting, drug use is increasing, and nutritional deficits are prevalent among IV drug abusers. Synergism of these factors should be considered in the manifestation of HIV infection among IV drug abusers.

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