Intimate Strangers? Social Networks in HIV Prevention Groups for Drug Users.

Published: April 1, 2013


Group substance abuse treatment relies for its effectiveness on relationships formed within group sessions, but few studies have explored the importance of these relationships for group HIV prevention interventions for drug users. We survey the literature on group HIV prevention interventions, particularly for men of color, and analyze qualitative data from a pilot intervention for out-of-treatment, drug using men who have sex with men. We find that many participants were acquainted prior to the intervention, and formed relationships which they attempted (often unsuccessfully) to maintain after the intervention was over.

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