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J Urban Health. 2011 Aug;88(4):759-66. doi: 10.1007/s11524-011-9570-9.

Sexual networks and housing stability.

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Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


Unstable housing is related to a range of health problems including substance abuse, poor mental health, and HIV. Little is known about how sexual partners' attributes influence access to resources such as housing. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between sexual network characteristics and improvements in housing situation among a sample of drug users using a longitudinal design. Size of one's sex network was not associated with housing change. However, having a main partner and having a sex partner who lent money was associated with moving from a homeless state at baseline to being housed at follow-up. Also, having a sex partner who was a drug user was associated with decrease in the odds of improving one's housing situation.

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