Migrant Puerto Rican PWID: The Influence of Acculturation and Enculturation on HIV and HCV Risk Behaviors
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: February 2017 - June 2019
Principal Investigator: Gelpi-Acosta, Camila

Reducing HIV and HCV risks among migrant Puerto Rican people who inject drugs (PWID) is critical to reduce new infections, improve health outcomes, and decrease health disparities among PWID. This was an exploratory study of migrant Puerto Rican PWID and their service providers that: 1) identified the native risk norms – and other influences – that required risk-acculturation, 2) explored existing risk reduction programs and services to identify their limitations, and 3) developed and pilot tested components of a risk-acculturation intervention for migrants. Results will be viable for implementation in other U.S. urban areas where this population is present.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Gelpi-Acosta C, Guarino H, Benoit E, Deren S, Pouget ER, Rodriguez A (2019).
Injection risk norms and practices among migrant Puerto Rican people who inject drugs in New York City: The limits of acculturation theory
International Journal of Drug Policy, 69, 60-69. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.03.016. PMCID: PMC6588447.