Objective: This study sought to determine whether health outcomes differed by gender in a cohort of African American, Hispanic American, and white drug users. Methods: The authors studied hospitalization rates and discharge diagnoses in the HERO Study, an ongoing prospective study of drug users that included HIV-positive and HIV-negative opiate users. The data are from 1996-2000, when highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) was available. Results: Women had higher rates of hospitalization than men independent of HIV status, and there was no association between ethnicity and hospitalization. Being a woman was an independent risk factor for HIV and non-HIV-related hospitalization. Conclusion: Health disparities between men and women extend to HIV.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Public Health Reports|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 1|
|State||Published - Nov 28 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health