African-American Injection Drug Users: Tensions and Barriers in HIV/AIDS Prevention
African-American, AIDS prevention, Harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, Injection drug use
This exploratory study utilized a focus group methodology to explore tensions and barriers in HIV/AIDS prevention among African-American injection drug users. Participants discussed HIV infection risks, national/community HIV prevention effectiveness, prevention barriers, ideas on barrier removal, and the tensions which exist between users and the larger African-American community. Recognizing the inevitability of continued drug use for many injectors, participants requested basic harm-reduction supplies including condoms, needle exchange programs, additional drug user treatment services, and the use of culturally- and gender-matched peer-led prevention and treatment outreach. Preliminary recommendations are made for consideration in HIV/AIDS prevention among African-American IDUs.
Substance Use and Misuse
VanderWaal, Curtis J.; Washington, Fred L.; Drumm, René D.; Terry, Yvonne M.; McBride, Duane C.; and Finley-Gordon, Roxie D., "African-American Injection Drug Users: Tensions and Barriers in HIV/AIDS Prevention" (2001). Faculty Publications. 2237.