Description: This book presents a comprehensive overview of the current understanding of the interfaces between drug injecting and HIV infections worldwide. It also addresses the dynamics of the HIV epidemic and opportunities for prevention and control based on the experience of 12 cities participating in a World Health Organization study since 1989.
Purpose: The major purpose of this edited compilation is to provide a definitive account of drug injecting behaviors and HIV infection in major cities across the globe.
Audience: These are critically important issues for a wide range of audiences including health professionals, public health officials, policy makers, researchers, and students. Those with a special interest in international health will especially value this book.
Features: The contributed chapters touch on virtually all the important issues and themes from the social and behavioral aspects of drug injecting to the intricacies and dynamics of the spread of HIV among drug injectors in a dozen different settings. Program and policy considerations abound in 13 chapters. The unique research base for these experiences make this book's offerings especially valuable.
Assessment: This is a very important addition to the literature. It chronicles the international urban experience with HIV among drug using populations, shedding new light on the social and health impacts of the collision of these giant forces. The result is a truly comprehensive overview of the subject and a valuable addition to personal and institutional libraries around the world.