Drug use and HIV risks among migrant workers on the DelMarVa Peninsula

James A. Inciardi, Hilary L. Surratt, Hector M. Colón, Dale D. Chitwood, James E. Rivers

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Because high rates of drug use have been documented in the migrant farm worker population, the National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the Migrant Health Study to examine HIV risk behaviors among drug-using farm workers and their sexual partners. Many of these individuals were home-based in South Florida and migrated during the work season to various points along the Eastern Migratory Stream. The focus of this paper is a description of the characteristics and behaviors of the 151 respondents contacted on the DelMarVa Peninsula during 1994 and 1995. The data indicate that drug use was widespread in this population, a significant proportion were at risk for HIV infection, and 6% were HIV positive. As a result of these findings, public health agencies on the peninsula have instituted HIV education programs in those clinics utilized by both local and transient agricultural workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-666
Number of pages14
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 1999

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Funding Information:
This research was funded, in part, by HHS Grant UOl-DA07694 from the National Lnstitute on Drug Abuse.


  • AIDS
  • Crack
  • HIV
  • Injection
  • Migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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