HIV/AIDS Prevention Research in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Hilary L. Surratt, Principal Investigator

James A. Inciardi, Co-Principal Investigator

Vera M. Falu’, Site Director

Initiated: 2002

Funding Source: National institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

This project was designed to collect both epidemiological data on HIV risk behaviors, and qualitative data on the context of HIV risk, in order to develop culturally appropriate prevention/interventions for drug and alcohol involved women and men in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. The project’s aims were to determine the nature and extent of HIV risk behavior within population of sexually active, out-of-treatment, drug and/or alcohol-involved women and men in St. Croix, to develop and test the appropriateness and acceptability of culturally relevant HIV prevention/interventions for the target populations, and to explore the feasibility of Ora Sure HIV testing in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Selected Publications:

Inciardi, James A., Jennifer Syvertsen, and Hilary L. Surratt. 2005. “HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Basin.” AIDS Care 17: 9-25.

Surratt, Hilary L. and James A. Inciardi. 2005. “Developing an HIV Intervention for Indigent Women Substance Abuses in the United States Virgin Islands.” Journal of Urban Health, Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 82 (suppl. 1): 74-83.

Surratt, Hilary L. 2007. “Sex Work in the Caribbean Basin: Patterns of Substance Use and HIV Risk among Migrant Sex Workers in the United States Virgin Islands.” Aids Care 19(10): 1274-1282.