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Archival Content: 1999-2005

HIV Prevention Among Drug Users:
A Resource Book for Community Planners & Program Managers

Part 3: Social and Behavioral Intervention

PART 3 of the HPDU Resource Book addresses the use of social and behavioral theory in selecting and developing effective HIV prevention interventions with drug-using populations. In addition, it provides an overview of the characteristics of effective interventions and highlights selected studies and resource materials that focus on effectiveness.

PART 3 is intended to help HIV prevention planners and program managers gain a better understanding of the foundations of scientifically-based interventions. These interventions can effectively modify the drug-using and sexual behaviors that place drug users at increased risk of HIV infection.

Specifically, PART 3 will increase HIV prevention planners' and program managers' understanding of:

  • social and behavioral theories and theoretical factors related to specified target populations and their risk behaviors
  • the process of systematically deciding on intervention features during the planning and intervention design process
  • the characteristics of effective interventions
  • the results of existing evaluation research on successful interventions for drug users and their partners

In each case, PART 3 will provide examples illustrating the points and describe additional resources that planners can access to determine appropriate HIV prevention interventions for their priority target populations.

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