Age shift in patterns of injection drug use among the HIV/AIDS population in Miami-Dade County, Florida

Subst Use Misuse. 2006;41(10-12):1623-35. doi: 10.1080/10826080600847985.


Analysis of HIV exposure category for 20,034 persons in three age groups (13-29, 30-49, 50 and over) who were alive through 2003 and had been reported to the Florida Department of Health with HIV or AIDS in Miami-Dade County, Florida, found that having a history of injection drug use increases with increasing age (p < .001). Consideration of age-specific HIV risk profiles has implications for primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions, planning, and policy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • HIV Seropositivity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Surveillance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / epidemiology*