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Williams, H and Mullan, E and O'Connor, JJ and Kinsella, A (1990) Risk behaviour for HIV transmission in attenders on methadone maintenance. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 159 , (5) , pp. 141-144.

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This research aimed at investigating the extent of risk of HIV transmission among known HIV-positive drug misusers, and measuring the degree (if any) of positive change in such behaviour following diagnosis. To achieve this end, 69 opiate addicts on methadone maintenance programmes at the National Drug Treatment Centre were interviewed. Most of these were young, with low levels of educational achievement, a history of unemployment and involvement with crime. They had usually started taking drugs at a young age, with heroin the primary drug of misuse, administered by injection. Of the sample, 70% were HIV-positive. These were found, since diagnosis, to have changed their injecting habits and sexual behaviour significantly.


Item Type:Article
Date:May 1990
Season/Number:5
Page Range:pp. 141-144
Publisher:Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
Volume:159
Number:5
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Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
HJ Treatment method > Drugs and alcohol disorder treatment method > Drugs and alcohol replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV infection

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