Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Criminal Justice Administration

First Advisor

Dr. K.S. Murty


The purpose of this study was: 1) to assess likely FSPs of IVDUs knowledge of HIV/AIDs, and their use of risk reduction technique and 2) to examine the nature of their sexual relationships with male IVDU sex partners, and those risks associated with contracting the virus.

Personal interviews were conducted with 30 black female volunteers, using clients from the New Start Substance Abuse Program, Atlanta West Drug Treatment Center, and Bolton West Women's Recovery Program. The data were analyzed using correlation statistics and qualitative information obtained from interviews. The level of significant difference was set at 0.05. The results indicate no significant difference in FSPs' knowledge of HIV/AIDS transmission, and their use of risk reduction technique: however, FSPs with more reduction than those FSPs in monogamous relationships.