HIV risk behavior in opioid dependent adults seeking detoxification treatment: an exploratory comparison of heroin and oxycodone users.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Heroin users are at high risk for HIV infection, but little is known about HIV risk in oxycodone users. This study examined HIV risk behaviors in heroin (n = 27) and oxycodone (n = 23) users seeking inpatient detoxification at a private psychiatric hospital. Drug use histories were similar, except oxycodone users used marijuana more frequently. Injection drug risk occurred exclusively among heroin users. The rates of sexual activity (66%), unprotected intercourse (69%), sex while intoxicated (74%), and sex with strangers (24%) were similar, but more oxycodone users had multiple partners (39% vs. 6%, p < .05). HIV prevention efforts should target both heroin and oxycodone users.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Meade, CS; McDonald, LJ; Weiss, RD

Published Date

  • July 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 289 - 293

PubMed ID

  • 19444732

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2905052

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-0391

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10550490902925821


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England