Special Issue "Prevention, Care and Treatment of HIV, Substance Use and Addiction"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sten H. Vermund
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Guest Editor
Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
Interests: infectious disease epidemiology; HIV prevention; social determinants of disease; global health
Dr. Jeffrey A. Wickersham
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Assistant Guest Editor
Yale School of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
Interests: HIV treatment and prevention; transgender health; sex work and HIV
Dr. Lauretta E. Grau
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Assistant Guest Editor
Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
Interests: HIV; injection-associated infectious diseases; opioid use; chronic pain; qualitative and mixed-methods research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A Special Issue on how issues of substance use and addiction relate to global HIV prevention, care, and treatment is being organized in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. For detailed information on the journal, I refer you to https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/ijerph.

With over 35 million deaths in persons with HIV disease in the past four decades, HIV/AIDS is a defining pandemic of our era. It has highlighted vulnerable populations by age, sexual preference, drug use patterns, and social and gender–power relations, among others. Health systems and policies that are more robust in reducing disease transmission and death can be contrasted with those that are marginal or otherwise limiting. In this Special Issue of IJERPH, the problem of HIV prevention and control is seen through the prism of persons who use and abuse drugs. We seek papers that articulate the drug use–HIV risk syndemic from all aspects of pandemic control. We welcome diverse perspectives from public health, primary, secondary, and tertiary health care with policy, research, community, and implementation science perspectives.

We are keen to hear from frontline voices in the two most afflicted continents, Africa and Asia, as well as from any nation with unique policy responses, whether promising or disappointing. The goal of the Special Issue is to provide insights into how the global scourge of injection and non-injection drug use is linked to HIV transmission and compromises HIV care and treatment.

This Special Issue is open to submissions on the subject area of HIV prevention, care, and/or treatment and substance use and/or addiction. The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.

Dr. Sten H. Vermund
Dr. Jeffrey A. Wickersham
Dr. Lauretta E. Grau
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Dr. Sten H. Vermund
Dr. Jeffrey A. Wickersham
Dr. Lauretta E. Grau
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • co-diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders and HIV infection
  • prevention of HIV among persons who use drugs
  • Treatment challenges in the face of substance use co-morbidities
  • living with HIV/AIDS in the context of substance use
  • epidemiology of the HIV/drug use syndemic
  • multi-morbidity of HIV and substances, including illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • behavioral and structural interventions
  • risk within carceral settings and upon release
  • primary prevention of drug use
  • health care integration for HIV and substance use disorders
  • experience and perception (patients, families and practitioners)
  • emerging challenges as with prescription opioids in the United States or rising injection drug use in parts of Central Asia or sub-Saharan Africa

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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