HIV Prevention Among Drug Users:
A Resource Book for Community Planners & Program Managers
Key Questions for HIV Prevention Planners
and Program Managers
The following key questions related to PART 4 may
be helpful in guiding HIV prevention planners and program managers as
they plan, develop, implement, and support prevention programs for drug
users and their sex partners:
Who are the decision makers in your community
whose support is needed to successfully implement HIV prevention programs
for drug users?
How might these community leaders' attitudes,
beliefs, and values influence the support of various types of prevention
Are there prescription requirements for the
purchase of syringes or drug paraphernalia penalties for possession
of syringes in your community? Do pharmacy regulations limit the ability
of pharmacists to sell syringes to persons who may be drug users?
Are drug users who are found in possession of
syringes arrested and jailed or fined?
Are drug treatment programs in your community
receptive to "risk reduction" counseling for their clients?
Which federal, state, and local laws and regulations
may affect HIV prevention efforts in your area?
What means are available to improve communication
among service providers assisting drug users and still protect client
privacy and the right to confidentiality?
Is modification of existing state or local laws
and regulations or agency policies and practices to enhance the effectiveness
of HIV prevention programs an option?
Are existing AIDS Service Organizations providing
services to drug users?
What kinds of existing HIV prevention programs
are offered to drug users and staff in the jails, prisons, and other
criminal justice agencies (e.g., juvenile facilities, probation and
parole departments) in your community?
Are staff of these programs serving on your
state or local HIV Prevention Community Planning Group?
Are persons in drug treatment or persons still
actively using drugs serving on your state or local HIV Prevention
Community Planning Group or involved in any way in prevention planning
in your state or community?