Des Jarlais
Don C. Des Jarlais, PhD
CDUHR - Associate Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Social-behavioral Theory Core
NYU School of Global Public Health - Professor
PhD, Social Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA, Behavioral Science, Rice University
Research Interests
Injecting drug use, Epidemiology, HIV, HCV, Research synthesis
For over 30 years Don Des Jarlais has been conducting HIV/AIDS research among persons who inject drugs (PWID). He is PI of the “Risk Factors” study (R01DA003574), which was instrumental in tracking the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. This study has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1983 and is the longest continuously funded study on HIV/AIDS in persons who use drugs. He has conducted HIV/AIDS research nationally (Seattle, CDC CIDUS studies, national syringe exchange survey) and internationally (in over 20 different countries). He has served as a consultant on these issues to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Principal Investigator, DRIVE (Drug Use and Blood-Borne Infections in Vietnam): Combined Prevention and Care to End the HIV Epidemic Among People Who Inject Drugs in Haiphong, Vietnam. Active
Principal Investigator, Risk Factors for AIDS among Persons Who Inject Drugs: HIV and COVID-19. Active
Principal Investigator, Barriers to Reason: Laws Impacting HIV Prevention Efforts among IDUs in the United States. Completed
Principal Investigator, Combined HIV Prevention for PWID and Future Collaborative Research in Vietnam. Completed
Principal Investigator, Combined Prevention to Reduce Initiation Into Injecting Drug Use. Completed
Principal Investigator, Evaluating ART for All HIV Seropositives: Can It Work with the Hardest Cases?. Completed
Principal Investigator, Expanded Syringe Access Program: NY Evaluation (ESAP). Completed
Principal Investigator, HIV Infection in Ethnic Minority IDUs: An International Systematic Review. Completed
Principal Investigator, HIV Transmission among Injecting and Non-Injecting Drug Users in Tallinn, Estonia. Completed
Principal Investigator, Multiple HIV Prevention Packages for IDUs in Estonia. Completed
Principal Investigator, National Study of Syringe Exchange Programs. Completed
Principal Investigator, WHO Survey Coordinating Center, Drug Injecting Study – Phase 2. Completed


Wise A, Kianian B, Chang HH, Linton S, Wolfe ME, Smith J, Tempalski B, Des Jarlais D, Ross Z, Semaan S, Wejnert C, Sionean C, Cooper HLF (2023).
Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic spatial polarization and incarceration among people who inject drugs in 19 US metropolitan areas, 2015
SSM Population Health, 23, 101486. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2023.101486. PMCID: PMC10448199.

Des Jarlais DC, Weng CA, Feelemyer J, McKnight C (2023).
Non-fatal drug overdose among persons who inject drugs during first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City: Prevalence, risk factors
Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, 8, 100171. doi: 10.1016/j.dadr.2023.100171. PMCID: PMC10247299.

Khezri M, Tavakoli F, Schwartz S, Karamouzian M, Sharifi H, McKnight CA, Des Jarlais D, Baral S, Shokoohi M (2023).
Global epidemiology of abortion among female sex workers: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-regression
Annals of Epidemiology, 85, 13-37. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2023.06.022.

Uuskula A, Rannap J, Weijler L..., Des Jarlais D..., Hatzakis A..., EMCDDA Study Group (2023).
Incarceration history is associated with HIV infection among community-recruited people who inject drugs in Europe: A propensity-score matched analysis of cross-sectional studies
Addiction [Epub 2023 Aug 3]. doi: 10.1111/add.16283.

Palayew A, Knudtson K, Purchase S, Clark S, Possehl L, Healy E, Deutsch S, McKnight CA, Des Jarlais D, Glick SN (2023).
HIV risk and prevention among clients of a delivery-based harm reduction service during an HIV outbreak among people who use drugs in northern rural Minnesota, USA
Harm Reduction Journal, 20 (1), 102. doi: 10.1186/s12954-023-00839-1. PMCID: PMC10394878.


Des Jarlais DC, Huong DT (2018).
Ending HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs in LMICs
Lancet, 392 (10149), 714-719. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31721-5.

Dr. Des Jarlais' ResearchGate Profile
Selected Press