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Addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: The need for a multiregion approach

TitleAddressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: The need for a multiregion approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDeren, S, Gelpi-Acosta, C, Albizu-Garcia, CE, Gonzalez, A, Des Jarlais, DC, Santiago-Negron, S
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume104
Issue11
Pagination2030 - 2036
ISSN1541-0048
Abstract

High levels of HIV risk behaviors and prevalence have been reported among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs (PRPWID) since early in the HIV epidemic. Advances in HIV prevention and treatment have reduced HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the United States. We examined HIV-related data for PRPWID in Puerto Rico and the US Northeast to assess whether disparities continue. Injection drug use as a risk for HIV is still overrepresented among Puerto Ricans. Lower availability of syringe exchanges, drug abuse treatment, and antiretroviral treatment for PWID in Puerto Rico contribute to higher HIV risk and incidence. These disparities should be addressed by the development of a federally supported Northeast-Puerto Rico collaboration to facilitate and coordinate efforts throughout both regions. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print September 11, 2014: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302114).

DOI10.2105/AJPH.2014.302114
Alternate JournalAm J Public Health
PubMed ID25211722
Grant ListP30 DA011041 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States