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AIDS, Sexual Behavior, and Intravenous Drug Use (1989)

Chapter: I Understanding the Spread of HIV Infection

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Suggested Citation:"I Understanding the Spread of HIV Infection." National Research Council. 1989. AIDS, Sexual Behavior, and Intravenous Drug Use. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1195.
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Suggested Citation:"I Understanding the Spread of HIV Infection." National Research Council. 1989. AIDS, Sexual Behavior, and Intravenous Drug Use. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1195.
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Part ~ Understanding the Spread of HIV Infection In Part I, we discuss key aspects of the scientific knowledge re- quired to understand the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the epidemic of acquired immune deficiency syn- drome (AIDS). Chapter 1 reviews estimates of the current size of the epidemic and evaluates the statistical data systems that have been established to monitor the spread of HIV in the United States. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the two major classes of behavior that have spread HIV infection and thereby sustained the epidemic: sexual behavior and intravenous (IV) drug use.

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The AIDS virus is spread by human behaviors enacted in a variety of social situations. In order to prevent further infection, we need to know more about these behaviors. This volume explores what is known about the number of people infected, risk-associated behaviors, facilitation of behavioral change, and barriers to more effective prevention efforts.

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