Social Networks, Drug Injectors’ Lives, and HIV/AIDS

  • Samuel R. Friedman
  • Richard Curtis
  • Alan Neaigus
  • Benny Jose
  • Don C. Des Jarlais

Part of the AIDS Prevention and Mental Health book series (APMH)

About this book


Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS recognizes HIV as a socially structured disease - its transmission usually requires intimate contact between individuals - and shows how social networks shape high-risk behaviors and the spread of HIV.
The authors recount the groundbreaking use of social network methods, ethnographic direct-observation techniques, and in-depth interviews in their study of a drug-using community in Brooklyn, New York. They provide a detailed documentary of the lives of community members. They describe drug-use, the affects of poverty and homelessness, the acquisition of money and drugs, and social relationships within the group.
Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS shows that social networks and contexts are of crucial importance in understanding and fighting the AIDS epidemic. These findings should revitalize prevention efforts and reshape social policy.


AIDS HIV infection infections prevention

Authors and affiliations

  • Samuel R. Friedman
    • 1
  • Richard Curtis
    • 2
  • Alan Neaigus
    • 1
  • Benny Jose
    • 1
  • Don C. Des Jarlais
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.New York
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew York
  3. 3.Beth Israel Medical CenterNational Development and Research Institutes, Inc.New York
  4. 4.Albert Einstein College of MedicineNew York

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46079-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47161-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0761
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