Hiv / Aids Among Female Injecting Drug Users

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HIV/AIDS among Female Injecting Drug Users in the U.S and Female Injecting Drug Users in China Special Topics in Health: HEA By Jennifer Montas Globally a large number of the population is infected with HIV/AIDS each year. According to the Center for Disease Control (2010), women represent about 20% of the estimated 47,500 new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2010. Often we hear of drug use mentioned as one of the potential risk factors of HIV/AIDS transmission, particularly injecting drug use. In 2007, injecting drug use was the third most frequently reported risk factor for HIV infection (Strathdee & Stockman, 2010). Among those…show more content…
I would also like to know more about female drug users who are HIV positive, as my best friend died from the disease which she inherit from her parents who were both active drug users. I would like to raise awareness in others and further educate myself, regarding the dangers of drug use and HIV/AIDS transmission. As a health educator it is important to know potential behaviors which drive females to become drug users. In addition it is important to know about drug use and its susceptibility to impair judgement, and other possible forms of drug use such as, alcohol, methamphetamines, and cocaine which can also impair judgement and also create room for susceptibility. Female drug users in particular run a greater risk of susceptibility, as girls and women often start using drugs with their partners (Miljana, Verica, Sladjana, Jelena & Vesha, 2012). A study of 50 Injecting drug users determined that out of 19 males who are injecting drug users and are in a relationship with a female who is also an injecting drug user; their female partners had the first contact with drugs through them. The study also showed how, on the other hand only one male out of the 50 participants reported that their first experience with drugs was through a relationship with a woman

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