Injecting drug use and the sexual transmission of HIV: Simple model insights

Vickerman, P; Watts, C; (2003) Injecting drug use and the sexual transmission of HIV: Simple model insights. The International journal on drug policy, 14 (1). pp. 89-93. ISSN 0955-3959 DOI:

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Responds to the articles by Grassley, et al, Lowndes et al, and Saidel et al (see records 2003-02937-004, 2003-02937-005, 2003-02937-006) which examine the transmission of HIV from injecting drug users (IDUs) to non-injecting sexual partners and its influence on larger scale epidemics. The current author discusses the role mathematical modeling can play in describing and understanding complex patterns of HIV infection and in providing insights into the role of IDU and other vulnerable populations in enhancing and potentially sustaining a more generalised epidemic. The article highlights the importance of effective interventions aimed at reducing simultaneously reducing injecting and sexual risk among IDUs and sex workers at all points of a general epidemic so that the potential for the bridging of HIV infections is reduced. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Keywords: HIV epidemics, first wave sexual transmission, adult sexual behaviour, injecting drug use, Russia, India, China, heterosexual population, sexual risk behavior, mathematical models, 3291 Immunological Disorders, 3291, 32, Human
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
SaME Modelling & Economics


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