ERIC Number: EJ799080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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A Neglected Population: Drug-Using Women and Women's Methods of HIV/STI Prevention
Gollub, Erica L.
AIDS Education and Prevention, v20 n2 p107-120 Apr 2008
Women drug users are at extremely high risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from sexual transmission, but remain seriously neglected in intervention research promoting women-initiated methods of HIV/STI prevention. Sparse available data indicate a high interest and enthusiasm for women-initiated methods among these women. Moreover, drug-using women may be in a position to capitalize most on the myriad advantages of women-initiated methods and be the least hindered by their disadvantages, as compared with other populations of at-risk women. These advantages include, for example, the potential for prior placement and use of a female condom without being noticed by a drunk or "high" partner, long-term and/or clandestine use of cervical barriers, and the "contraceptive justification" to partners or clients initially unwilling to accede to use of a female barrier. Targeted, community-based outreach and educational efforts to this extremely hard-to-reach group as well as expanded public funding for women's methods are urgent priorities.
Descriptors: Females, Drug Use, At Risk Persons, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Prevention, Methods, Disease Control
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