Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 84, Issue 2, pp 243–254

The Puerto Rico–New York Airbridge for Drug Users: Description and Relationship to HIV Risk Behaviors

  • Sherry Deren
  • Sung-Yeon Kang
  • Hector M. Colón
  • Rafaela R. Robles
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11524-006-9151-5

Cite this article as:
Deren, S., Kang, SY., Colón, H.M. et al. J Urban Health (2007) 84: 243. doi:10.1007/s11524-006-9151-5

Abstract

This study examined mobility on the airbridge between New York (NY) and Puerto Rico (PR) for Puerto Rican drug users and its relationship to HIV risk. Over 1,200 Puerto Rican injection drug users (IDUs) and crack smokers were recruited by outreach workers in NY and PR; interview data included questions on mobility (lifetime residences and recent trips). Two-thirds of the NY sample had lived in PR; one-quarter of the PR sample had lived in NY; the most commonly sited reasons for moving were family-related. Fewer than 10% had visited the other location in the prior 3 years. Variables related to risk were number of moves, recent travel, and having used drugs in PR (all with p < 0.05). Implications included the need to enhance risk reduction efforts for IDUs in PR and address sexual risk among mobile drug users.

Keywords

HIV riskInjection drug usersMobilityNew YorkPuerto Rican

Copyright information

© The New York Academy of Medicine 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherry Deren
    • 1
  • Sung-Yeon Kang
  • Hector M. Colón
  • Rafaela R. Robles
  1. 1.Center for Drug Use and HIV ResearchNational Development & Research Institutes, Inc.New YorkUSA