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Archival Content: 1999-2005

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 interventions?
  • 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?
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