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Prevalance of HIV and Sex Risk Behavior in Methamphetamine Users in Cape Town

Project Overview

The purpose of this study is to examine the prevalence of HIV infection and HIV risk behavior among 200 meth users seeking addiction treatment in Cape Town, South Africa, and to identify opportunities to integrate primary and secondary HIV prevention into addiction treatment for this population. The study is being conducted at the Tafelsig MATRIX Clinic, an outpatient substance abuse program in Mitchells Plain, one of the townships surrounding Cape Town.

The specific aims are to:

(1) Assess the prevalence of HIV infection, prior use of HIV-related services, including testing and care, and sexual risk behavior among meth users seeking addiction treatment at MATRIX.
(2) Identify demographic, substance abuse, and behavioral predictors of HIV-positive serostatus within this sample of treatment-seeking meth users.
(3) Determine whether HIV status affects subsequent engagement in the 16-week MATRIX program and substance abuse treatment outcomes.


  • NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Duke-Department of Surgery

Project Collaborators

  • University of Cape Town

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