AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 251–265

Housing Status and HIV Risk Behaviors: Implications for Prevention and Policy

  • Angela Aidala
  • Jay E. Cross
  • Ron Stall
  • David Harre
  • Esther Sumartojo
AIDS PUBLIC POLICY FEATURED ARTICLE

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-005-9000-7

Cite this article as:
Aidala, A., Cross, J.E., Stall, R. et al. AIDS Behav (2005) 9: 251. doi:10.1007/s10461-005-9000-7

This paper examines housing as a contextual factor affecting drug and sexual risk behaviors among HIV positive people using pooled interview data from 2149 clients presenting for services at 16 medical and social service agencies participating in a multi-site evaluation study. The odds of recent drug use, needle use or sex exchange at the baseline interview was 2–4 times as high among the homeless and unstably housed compared to persons with stable housing. Follow-up data collected 6–9 months after baseline showed that change in housing status was associated with change in risk behaviors. Persons whose housing status improved between baseline and follow-up significantly reduced their risks of drug use, needle use, needle sharing and unprotected sex by half in comparison to individuals whose housing status did not change. In addition, for clients whose housing status worsened between baseline and follow-up, their odds of recently exchanging sex was over five times higher than for clients whose housing status did not change. The provision of housing is a promising structural intervention to reduce the spread of HIV.

KEY WORDS

HIV/AIDShomelessnessrisk behaviordrug usesex practice

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Aidala
    • 1
    • 4
  • Jay E. Cross
    • 1
  • Ron Stall
    • 2
  • David Harre
    • 3
  • Esther Sumartojo
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Applied Public Health, Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Prevention Research Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Office of HIV/AIDS HousingU.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Applied Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA