Homelessness and HIV Risk Behaviors among Drug Injectors in Puerto Rico

This report examines associations between homelessness and HIV risk behaviors among injection drug users (IDUs) in Puerto Rico. On-the-street homeless IDUs were more likely to test positive for HIV than were transitionally housed and housed IDUs. In the adjusted analysis, on-the-street homeless subjects were significantly more likely to share needles, share rinse water, and practice back loading than the other two groups. Sexual risk behaviors (last 30 days) were not significantly associated with residential status after adjustment. Findings from this study present an added challenge to drug treatment and HIV prevention and treatment programs, to provide services that can address the additional needs of drug users suffering the stressors of homelessness.

Publication Date: 
2005
Publisher(s): 
Oxford University Press on behalf of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Pages: 
2
Volume: 
82
Issue: 
3
Journal Name: 
Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
Location: 
Puerto Rico