AIDS, Drugs, and Prevention: Perspectives on Individual and Community Action

AIDS, Drugs, and Prevention: Perspectives on Individual and Community Action

AIDS, Drugs, and Prevention: Perspectives on Individual and Community Action

AIDS, Drugs, and Prevention: Perspectives on Individual and Community Action

Synopsis

AIDS, Drugs and Preventionbrings together a range of international contributions on the research, theory and practice of developing community-based HIV prevention. It aims to understand how individual actions to prevent HIV transmission are constrained and encouraged by situational and social context. Drawing on ethnographic and epidemiological research among populations of drug users, sex workers and gay men, it explores how future HIV prevention interventions can target changes at the level of the individual as well as at the level of the community and wider social environment.
AIDS, Drugs and Preventionoffers practical and theoretical insights into community-based health work in the time of AIDS. It provides invaluable reading for students, lecturers, researchers and practioners in health promotion, health policy, social work and medical sociology.

Excerpt

Marina Barnard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS over the last seven years, conducting ethnographic work on drug injectors and their HIV risks. Her doctoral thesis was on gender differences in HIV risk behaviour. More recently she has looked specifically at female prostitutes’ risks of HIV infection. She is co-author of two books with Neil McKeganey: AIDS and Sexual Risk: Lives in the Balance (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1992) and Working on the Streets: Female Prostitutes and Their Clients (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1996).

Robert Broadhead is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. He is the Principal Investigator of the Eastern Connecticut Health Outreach (ECHO) Project which is examining the dynamics of a peer-driven intervention. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, and his main areas of expertise include health sociology, the sociology of drugs and society and qualitative methodologies.

Richard Curtis is an ethnographer at National Development Research Institutes, Inc., New York. He is currently working on a project investigating HIV risk among youths in Brooklyn. His research interests include the structure of distributor and consumer groups in street-level drug markets, and law enforcement. He has recently completed a study of the impact of New York City’s Tactical Narcotics Team on street-level drug markets in central Brooklyn.

Don C. Des Jarlais is Director of Research for the Chemical Dependency Institute of Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, Senior Research Fellow with National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., New York, and Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Martin C. Donoghoe is currently with the Programme on Substance Abuse at the World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva. He is involved in activities which aim to assess the extent, nature and social implications of

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