This study examined the relationship among cocaine use, psychiatric distress, and HIV risk behaviors of homeless men.
A 3 x 2 ANOVA was computed to determine overall mean HIV risk behavior, with the first factor representing three levels of psychiatric distress (low, moderate, and high) and the second factor representing use or no use of cocaine.
Overall, homeless men who used cocaine had significantly higher HIV risk scores than did noncocaine users.
Among the homeless men who used cocaine, those men who reported high psychiatric distress had significantly higher HIV risk scores than did noncocaine users and cocaine users with low psychiatric distress.
Moreover, these risk scores predominantly represented three high risk sexual behaviors : lack of condom use, multiple sex partners, and participation in commercial sex.
Outreach efforts that target both substance use and especially highrisk sexual practices are urged for this population.
Mots-clés Pascal : Toxicomanie, Cocaïne, Etude comparative, Trouble psychiatrique, Sans domicile fixe, Prise risque, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Relation sexuelle, Comportement, Santé, Homme, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug addiction, Cocaine, Comparative study, Mental disorder, Homeless, Risk taking, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Sexual intercourse, Behavior, Health, Human, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0296027
Code Inist : 002B18C05A. Création : 15/07/1997.