HIV/AIDS Related Knowledge and Risk Behavior among Methadone Recipients in Liuzhou, China
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jiatong Zhuo, MD, M.P.H
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
18 Jinzhou Road, Nanning, Guangxi, 530028 China
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 10, 2012; Accepted Date: April 19, 2012; Published Date: April 21, 2012
Citation: King KE, Stephenson R, Zhuo J, Hsia J (2012) HIV/AIDS Related Knowledge and Risk Behavior among Methadone Recipients in Liuzhou, China. J AIDS Clinic Res S1:007. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.S1-007
Copyright: © 2012 King KE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
China has a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic mostly among intravenous drug users. The purpose of this study was to examine the HIV/AIDS related knowledge and risk behaviors among a group of former intravenous drug users utilizing services at a methadone clinic in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A sample of 140 methadone care recipients was surveyed on their demographic characteristics, drug-using behaviors, sexual behaviors, and factors related to risk behaviors including HIV/AIDS related awareness and knowledge. Although HIV/AIDS related knowledge was high, respondents reported that they did not use condoms, they shared needles, and they participated in commercial sex. Additionally, the respondents’ perception of their risk for HIV infection was not always in accordance with their reported risk behaviors. This research suggests that methadone care recipients could act as a bridge population for HIV transmission to populations not involved with intravenous drug use. Further research on former intravenous drug users in China and their risk behaviors is warranted.