Illicit drug injectors in three texas cities

James F. Maddux, Kenneth N. Vogtsberger, Thomas J. Prihoda, David P. Desmond, Deena D. Watson, Mark L. Williams

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In three Texas cities illicit drug injectors not in treatment were located by outreach and interviewed with a standard questionnaire. In all the cities the drug injectors were predominantly undereducated and unemployed young men from minority groups. In Dallas and Houston most were Black, while in San Antonio most were Hispanic. The most frequently reported primary drug in Houston was cocaine, but in Dallas and San Antonio it was heroin. The high needle risk for AIDS and the low rates of positive HIV antibody tests in these samples present a special window of opportunity for prevention of AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-194
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994


  • Illicit drug injectors
  • Texas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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