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Title

HIV risk behavior among methamphetamine users entering substance abuse treatment in Cape Town, South Africa

Authors

CS Meade, RR Lion, DM Cordero, et al.;

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Journal Name

AIDS and Behavior

Publication Date

2/12/2016

PubMed Search

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26902295

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PMID

26902295

Abstract

Abstract

South Africa is experiencing a growing methamphetamine problem, and there is concern that methamphetamine use may accelerate HIV transmission. There has been little research on the HIV prevention needs of methamphetamine users receiving substance abuse treatment in South Africa. This study assessed the prevalence and correlates of HIV risk behaviors among 269 methamphetamine users entering substance abuse treatment in two clinics in Cape Town. The prevalence of sexual risk behaviors was high among sexually active participants: 34 % multiple partners, 26 % unprotected intercourse with a casual partner, and 24 % sex trading for money/methamphetamine. The strongest predictor of all sexual risk behaviors was concurrent other drug use. Over half had not been HIV tested in the past year, and 25 % had never been tested, although attitudes toward HIV testing were overwhelmingly positive. This population of primarily heterosexual, non-injecting methamphetamine users is a high-risk group in need of targeted HIV prevention interventions. Substance abuse treatment is an ideal setting in which to reach methamphetamine users for HIV services.

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Topic

Behavior; Intervention; Substance Abuse

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