Social Networks, Drug Injectors’ Lives, and HIV/AIDS

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 28, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 277 pages
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Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS recognizes HIV as a socially structured disease - its transmission usually requires intimate contact between individuals - and shows how social networks shape high-risk behaviors and the spread of HIV.
The authors recount the groundbreaking use of social network methods, ethnographic direct-observation techniques, and in-depth interviews in their study of a drug-using community in Brooklyn, New York. They provide a detailed documentary of the lives of community members. They describe drug-use, the affects of poverty and homelessness, the acquisition of money and drugs, and social relationships within the group.
Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS shows that social networks and contexts are of crucial importance in understanding and fighting the AIDS epidemic. These findings should revitalize prevention efforts and reshape social policy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Individualistic Perspectives on Epidemiology of HIV among Injection
7
Learning from Lives
13
Louie
40
Conclusion
50
Overview
57
AIDS Talk in Injection Settings
84
Results
91
Consistent Condom Use in Relationships
160
Sexual Relationships by Seropositive
176
Three Measures of Network Location
184
HIV Risk and Sociometric Risk Network Location
192
Summary and Discussion
200
Network Location
208
Prevention and Research
217
The LargerScale Determinants of Network Structures
223

Further Statistical Analysis
102
Subjects and Data
114
Risk Behaviors of the Participants in the 30 Days before the Interview Individual Behavior Behavior in Networks and Behavior
122
Personal Risk Networks and HighRisk Injecting
125
Variation by Years of Injection Gender RaceEthnicity and Drug
134
Conclusions
140
Results
150
Sexual Networks Condom Use and the Prospects
157
15
231
Final Thoughts
236
Network Membership
242
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GABRIELLE LORD is one of Australia's leading and best-selling crime writers. On Conspiracy 365 she has said: "This has been the biggest, most exciting project I've ever done . . . I've used every skill I've ever learned in tracking Cal Ormond and his action-packed year of living dangerously . . . I hope it brings suspense and thrills to all who read it." Gabrielle lives in Australia.

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