Study finds high HIV prevalence in North Carolinians who use stimulant drugs

In a new paper published in AIDS and Behavior,  the HARP team reported the prevalence of HIV infection and risk behaviors among persons who use illicit stimulant drugs in the greater Raleigh-Durham area. Using respondent driven sampling (RDS), the team engaged 387 participants from seven initial “seeds”, as demonstrated in this figure. Participants predominantly used non-injection cocaine, had large networks of stimulant users, and reported an established relationship with their recruiter. The estimated prevalence of HIV in this population is 7%, substantially higher than the general population in central North Carolina. The HARP team is excited to share this paper, the first of many to come out of Project Avenir! Click here to read more!

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