Marielle Ferrebouef

Project Access: Barriers to HIV Counseling and Testing, and the Prevention Strategies of Drug Users Community

Project Access is a qualitative study of barriers to HIV counseling and testing, and the personal HIV prevention strategies of drug users. Main Findings:
  • Drug users’ risk behavior was not directly related to the number of times they had previously tested for HIV.
  • Personal prevention strategies and HIV testing patterns are shaped by public health messages, institutional practices, and the concrete realities of living and surviving in impoverished communities.
  • Many low-income drug users approach HIV as a chronic illness, one of many life threatening diseases facing