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Research: HIV and Drug Use . . . Risk & AIDS Prevention

A Christian Response to AIDS: Research

According to the Publication, “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment . . . A Research-Based Guide”, which was published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health) in October 1999:

"Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patient. . . . The best programs provide a combination of therapies and other services."

“Many drug addicts, such as heroin or cocaine addicts and particularly injection drug users, are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS as well as other infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections. For these individuals and the community at large, drug addiction treatment is disease prevention.”


“Drug injectors who do not enter treatment are up to six times more likely to become infected with HIV than injectors who enter and remain in treatment. Drug users who enter and continue in treatment reduce activities that can spread disease, such as sharing injection equipment and engaging in unprotected sexual activity. Participation in treatment also presents opportunities for screening, counseling, and referral for additional services. The best drug abuse treatment programs provide HIV counseling and offer HIV testing to their patients.”

(The above statement is in the public domain and may be used or reproduced without permission from the Institute or the authors. Citation of the source is appreciated.)

NIH Publication No. 99-4180 Printed October 1999

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