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Comprehensive prevention programs successful in decreasing HIV rates in people who inject drugs

Science Spotlight

April 18, 2014

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A new NIDA-funded large-scale study shows that comprehensive prevention programs can decrease HIV infection in injection drug users within the criminal justice system.  This study analyzed the success of programs that included methadone maintenance therapy, syringe programs, health education, and antiretroviral therapy (in those affected with HIV – to reduce transmission of the disease). 

Individuals involved in the criminal justice system have disproportionately high rates of substance use disorders and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS.  This study demonstrates that comprehensive prevention programs can help decrease these high proportions in prisoners and former prisoners.   

For a copy of the study abstract, go to:
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001625.   

For more information about drug abuse and HIV, go to:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hivaids.

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.


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