Drug use, needle sharing, and HIV risk among injection drug-using street youth

Michele D. Kipke, Jennifer B. Unger, Raymond F. Palmer, Renee Edgington

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Injection drug use is the second most common HIV risk behavior in the United States, but little is known about injection drug use and needle- sharing behavior among street youth, a group at high risk for HIV infection. This study investigates the drug use histories, injection drag use behaviors, and needle-sharing practices of 106 injection drug using youth in Los Angeles, California. Respondents report high rates of injection drug use and needle sharing, indicating that these youth are at particularly high risk for HIV infection. Results suggest a need for outreach services tailored to the unique needs of injection drug-using adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1187
Number of pages21
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence
  • Drug use
  • HIV risk
  • Health problems
  • Injection
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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