HIV/AIDS risks among Native American drug users: Key findings from focus group interviews and implications for intervention strategies

Julie A. Baldwin, Robert T. Trotter, Dina Martinez, Sally J Stevens, Debbie John, Christiane Brems

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Abstract

A multisite study funded through the National institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of Research on Minority Health was conducted in 1996 to determine the HIV/AIDS prevention needs of Native American out-of-treatment drug users. In an effort to recommend directions for HIV/AIDS prevention programming one component of this study entailed conducting a series of focus groups at each of four sites: Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Tucson, Arizona. While some site differences were noted, several consistent thematic findings were revealed across all locations. Specifically, focus group members strongly recommended directly involving key members of the Native American community in conducting outreach and intervention activities, involving Native people as the sources of information, and utilizing local and tribally relevant forms of delivering the message. Other consistent themes included getting messages to smaller communities to prevent the potential 'annihilation' of tribes, educating youth, and linking alcohol prevention education to HIV/AIDS education. Findings from this study support the idea that future HIV/AIDS prevention programs must take into account subgroup and individual level differences among Native American drug users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-292
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

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North American Indians
intervention strategy
Drug Users
Focus Groups
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS
HIV
Interviews
drug
interview
annihilation potential
Population Groups
National Institute on Drug Abuse (U.S.)
Group
Minority Health
Education
drug abuse
Individuality
group membership
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  • Education

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HIV/AIDS risks among Native American drug users : Key findings from focus group interviews and implications for intervention strategies. / Baldwin, Julie A.; Trotter, Robert T.; Martinez, Dina; Stevens, Sally J; John, Debbie; Brems, Christiane.

In: AIDS Education and Prevention, Vol. 11, No. 4, 1999, p. 279-292.

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Baldwin, Julie A. ; Trotter, Robert T. ; Martinez, Dina ; Stevens, Sally J ; John, Debbie ; Brems, Christiane. / HIV/AIDS risks among Native American drug users : Key findings from focus group interviews and implications for intervention strategies. In: AIDS Education and Prevention. 1999 ; Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 279-292.
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