The primary outcomes article from protocol CTN-0017, cowritten by Donald Calsyn and Lindsay Jenkins from the Pacific Northwest Node, has just been published in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
The article reports on findings from the study, which examined 632 drug injectors in detoxification who were randomized into three interventions aimed at reducing drug and sex risk behaviors (a 2-session HIV/HCV counseling and education model added to treatment as usual (TAU), a 1-session therapeutic alliance intervention plus TAU, or TAU alone).
Results indicated that participation in detoxification in and of itself led to significant decreases in drug injection and risk behaviors for up to six months, but the test interventions offered no added improvement in risk behavior outcomes. This study supports the importance of access to detoxification for drug injectors followed by transition to continued treatment.
Citation: Booth RE, Campbell BK, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Tillotson C, Choi D, Robinson JA, Calsyn DA, Mandler RN, Jenkins LM, Thompson LL, Dempsey CL, Lipeman MR, McCarty D. Reducing HIV-related risk behaviors among injection drug users in residential detoxification. AIDS and Behavior 2001;15(1):30-44.