Drug use and HIV risks among African-American, Mexican-American, and Puerto Rican drug injectors

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This article documents the prevalence of injection-related HIV risk behaviors among a sample of 758 Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and African- American drug injectors derived from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Cooperative Agreement database. The results show that the two Hispanic subgroups had higher injection-related risks than the African-American group. Further among Hispanics, Puerto Ricans had higher rates of drug injection than Mexican-Americans, but Mexican-Americans had higher rates of sharing injection paraphernalia than Puerto Ricans. The research suggests that more aggressive HIV/AIDS intervention efforts be targeted to minority injection drug users, especially those that are contextualized by the racial/ethnic group targeted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998



  • African-Americans
  • Hispanics
  • Injection drug use
  • Puerto Ricans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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