HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction Among Drug-Involved Probationers

James A. Inciardi, Principal Investigator
Steven S. Martin, Co-Principal Investigator
Hilary L. Surratt, Co-Principal Investigator

Initiated: 1999

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

This project was designed to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among drug-involved probationers. Probationers represented the largest segment of the criminal justice populations in the United States, and a significant portion of probationers were substantially drug-involved. Surprisingly, however, this large population had not been a focus of HIV/AIDs prevention research. The nature of this research was to determine the nature and extent of HIV/AIDS risk behavior and the prevalence of HIV-1 in a non-treatment population of felony probationers, to implement and test the effectiveness of two interventions aimed at reducing HIV-related risk behaviors, and to examine the effects of various social, psychological and physical variables in predicting changes in risk behaviors.