Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 16, issue 4A, P83-90 2005 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2005.0126 View full text
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J. Gary Linn, Michael Brown, Lorna Kendrick

Abstract: This study examined injection drug use and HIV risk behaviors in a predominantly African American sample of homeless men with mental illness. Personal interviews focusing on injection drug use and sexual risk behaviors were completed with 240 homeless mentally ill men in two shelters in a southeastern city. Sixty-two (26%) of the 240 men injected drugs. Among the injection drug users (IDUs), most reported high-risk behaviors, including needle sharing (70%) and participation in shooting galleries (71%). Very fe…

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