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Perceptions of HIV Risk among Methamphetamine Users in China.
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PMID:  23421570     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Methamphetamine use has emerged in China over the past decade. With the growth in methamphetamine use, it remains uncertain how users in China perceive its association with the HIV epidemic. Methods: The authors utilize qualitative and survey data from a mixed-methods study on methamphetamine use and HIV risk in China to assess the extent to which users perceive a risk for HIV transmission as well as how they conceive of the drug's links to HIV. Results: Data indicate that a considerable majority (82.2%) perceived themselves to have zero risk for HIV infection. Qualitative interviews highlight the lack of information about HIV possessed by methamphetamine users given the confusion and disbelief often expressed. Others acknowledged that while there was an intertwining of risk, they were not personally at risk. Conclusion: Given the known association between methamphetamine use and HIV risk, health promotion initiatives in China should target methamphetamine users to build HIV-related knowledge and inhibit self-exempting beliefs. In particular, educational efforts regarding the association of methamphetamine use with HIV may inhibit risk behaviors.
Brian C Kelly; Tieqiao Liu; Guanbai Zhang; Wei Hao; Jichuan Wang
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1097-9891     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502510     Medline TA:  Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-102     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociology, Purdue University , West Lafayette, IN , USA.
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