Injection Drug Users in South Florida Have Risky Behaviors, Study Says
April 13, 2009
A recent survey of injecting drug users (IDUs) from 23 US cities found that "a substantial proportion" engaged in both injection and sexual activities that put them and their partners at an increased risk of HIV infection, CDC reported Thursday. The study, which included IDUs from Broward and Miami-Dade counties, focused on 10,301 people and lasted from May 2005 to February 2006.
Florida IDU data are very similar to the national results, LaLota said. The state Department of Health plans to issue its own findings on IDUs and HIV later this year.
The full report, "HIV-Associated Behaviors Among Injecting-Drug Users -- 23 Cities, United States, May 2005-February 2006," was reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (2009;58(13):329-332).
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
04.10.2009; Bob Lamendola
HIV-Associated Behaviors Among Injecting-Drug Users -- 23 Cities, United States, May 2005-February 2006
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