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Substance Use Disorders and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Intervention: Research and Practice Considerations.

Aimee N. C. Campbell, PhD, MSW (Columbia University, GNY Node), Susan Tross, PhD (New York State Psychiatric Institute, GNY Node), Donald A. Calsyn, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW)

Social Work in Public Health 2013;28(3-4):333-348. [doi: 10.1080/19371918.2013.774665]

Social workers are often on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic delivering prevention education and interventions, offering or linking individuals to HIV testing, and working to improve treatment access, retention, and adherence, especially among vulnerable populations. Individuals with substance use disorders face additional challenges to reducing sexual and drug risk behaviors, as well as barriers to testing, treatment, and antiretroviral therapy adherence. This article presents current data on HIV transmission and research evidence on prevention and interventions with substance abusers, and highlights how individual social workers can take advantage of this knowledge in practice and through adoption and implementation with organizations. Research from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) about rapid HIV testing and gender-specific HIV risk reduction interventions is described. (Article, Peer-Reviewed, PDF, English, 2013)

Keywords: Community health services | Gender-specific interventions | HIV/AIDS | HIV rapid testing | Real Men Are Safe (REMAS) | Safer Sex Skills Building (SSSB) | Sexual risk behavior | Sexually transmitted diseases | Social workers | Social Work in Public Health (journal)

Document No: 988, PMID: 23731423, PMCID: PMC3694750.

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