Description — Approaches to HIV/AIDS Education in Drug Treatment


About this intervention

Approaches to HIV/AIDS Education in Drug Treatment is an easy-to-follow intervention designed to assist counselors in leading educational groups on HIV/AIDS. The intervention offers a 4-session core curriculum that addresses HIV transmission, safer sex and injection practices, HIV testing, and personal risk reduction. Stand-alone teaching outlines also are provided for additional creative exercises and activities that promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. In addition, the intervention features an extensive resource section with articles, a glossary of terminology, bibliographies, and listings of available audio-visual materials. A study in outpatient methadone treatment (using the prototype of the current intervention) found that HIV/AIDS education programs are especially effective early in treatment and that clients who participated in the groups increased their knowledge about HIV risk factors, reduced risky behaviors, and showed improvements in attitudes about quitting drug use and maintaining abstinence.

Recommended Citation: Bartholomew, N. G., & Simpson, D. D. (2002). Approaches to HIV/AIDS education in drug treatment. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University, Institute of Behavioral Research.

Selected References

Camacho, L. M., Bartholomew, N. G., Joe, G. W., & Simpson, D. D. (1997). Maintenance of HIV risk reduction among injection opioid users: A 12 month posttreatment follow-up. Drug and Alcohol Dependence , 47, 11-18.  [Abstract]

Camacho, L. M., Bartholomew, N. G., Joe, G. W., Cloud, M. A., & Simpson, D. D. (1996). Gender, cocaine, and during-treatment HIV risk reduction among injection opiate users in methadone maintenance. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 41, 1-7.  [Abstract]

Joe, G. W., & Simpson, D. D. (1995). HIV risks, gender, and cocaine use among opioid users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 37, 23-28.  [Abstract]

Boatler, J. F., Knight, K., & Simpson, D. D. (1994). Assessment of an AIDS intervention program during drug abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 11(4), 367-372.  [Abstract]