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AIDS Educ Prev. 1992 Spring;4(1):41-51.

AIDS awareness and risk behaviors among dually disordered adults.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York, Health Science Center, Brooklyn.


An exploratory needs assessment was conducted among 50 clients of an abstinence-oriented outpatient clinic for adults experiencing coexisting drug abuse and chronic mental disorders. Findings revealed that, despite education and prevention efforts, sample members possessed considerable misinformation about AIDS and continued to engage in high risk heterosexual practices. Their knowledge level was not associated significantly with their admission diagnoses. Knowledge level also did not correlate significantly with safer sexual practices. These findings have implications for the development of AIDS education and prevention programs for dually disordered clients. To be effective, AIDS prevention and education efforts must be targeted at the clients' specific needs. Clear, explicit information about AIDS must be provided. In addition, behavioral-attitudinal change strategies that focus on the high-risk situations encountered by the clients and teach them alternative safer sex practices are required.

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