NIDA Diversity Supplement
Methamphetamine is the second most widely abused drug in the world (after marijuana), and it is associated with higher rates of sexual risk behavior and HIV infection. South Africa has experienced a dramatic increase in methamphetamine use in recent years and has the largest number of HIV-infected individuals of any country in the world. This multi-method study characterizes the patterns and severity of drug abuse among methamphetamine users in South Africa and identifies multiple levels of influence on HIV sexual risk behavior in this population to inform the development of integrative prevention interventions to improve access to HIV-related services and reduce the continued spread of the HIV virus. This supplement provides support for Daniella Cordero, an undergraduate student, to work in lab to gain experience in HIV-related research, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing.