Handbook on Risk of AIDS: Injection Drug Users and Sexual Partners


Intravenous drug users account for nearly one-third of the current AIDS cases in the United States--second only to gay males--and are responsible for 72 percent of female and 59 percent of pediatric cases of AIDS. Thus, the National Institute of Drug Abuse launched a major research effort in 1987 to locate hidden users, to see how they function, and to initiate and evaluate strategies and community-based programs in 50 cities and 60 nearby communities around the country in order to lower risks to users and the dangers they pose to others in the population. The result is a comprehensive study that presents the very latest findings and tested conclusions about how to change behaviors positively. This major reference describes the spread of AIDS, patterns of injection drug and crack use and their effects on sex partners, gender issues, demographic and background factors, key uses in drug abuse treatment, outreach and behavior change strategies, how they reduce risk, and a sum-up of the effectivenessof the National AIDS Demonstration Project.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • George M. Beschner
  • Samuel R. Friedman
  • Don C. Des Jarlais
  • Harvey A. Siegal
  • Robert G. Carlson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993


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