Using Social Networks Effective Strategy to Reach Populations at Risk of HIV/AIDS, Study Finds
April 30, 2009
Using HIV-positive people's social network is "an efficient, high-yield" method of contacting their partners who are at high-risk for the virus and providing them with testing and other HIV-related services, CDC researchers said in a recently published study, Reuters Health reports.
The researchers said that this was a "significant public health achievement, because persons who learn that they are HIV-positive tend to reduce their high-risk behaviors to avoid infecting others and have the opportunity to access medical care and other services to improve their personal health." They added that the social networking strategy was more effective and a better use of staff time at contacting undiagnosed HIV-positive people, compared with the common approach of partner counseling and referral services (Reuters Health, 4/29).
An abstract of the study is available online.
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