HIV/AIDS related knowledge and risk behavior among methadone recipients in Liuzhou, China

Kristin Sznajder, R. Stephenson, Jiatong Zhuo, J. Hsia

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China has a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic mostly among intravenous drug users. The purpose of this study was to examine the HIV/AIDS related knowledge and risk behaviors among a group of former intravenous drug users utilizing services at a methadone clinic in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A sample of 140 methadone care recipients was surveyed on their demographic characteristics, drug-using behaviors, sexual behaviors, and factors related to risk behaviors including HIV/AIDS related awareness and knowledge. Although HIV/AIDS related knowledge was high, respondents reported that they did not use condoms, they shared needles, and they participated in commercial sex. Additionally, the respondents' perception of their risk for HIV infection was not always in accordance with their reported risk behaviors. This research suggests that methadone care recipients could act as a bridge population for HIV transmission to populations not involved with intravenous drug use. Further research on former intravenous drug users in China and their risk behaviors is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of AIDS and Clinical Research
Volume3
Issue numberSPL ISS1A
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

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Methadone
Risk-Taking
China
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV
Drug Users
Condoms
Research
Sexual Behavior
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population
HIV Infections
Needles
Demography
Surveys and Questionnaires

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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HIV/AIDS related knowledge and risk behavior among methadone recipients in Liuzhou, China. / Sznajder, Kristin; Stephenson, R.; Zhuo, Jiatong; Hsia, J.

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