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African Journal: Role of substance abuse in the African HIV/AIDS epidemic
The latest issue of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol studies is devoted to broadening the knowledge base on the role of alcohol and drugs in the spreading of HIV/AIDS in Africa. New research material is presented from Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Editor-in-chief Isidore S. Obot says in the introduction of the journal that "Though substance abuse, especially injecting drug use, has long been associated with HIV infection in western countries and is today the driving force behind the rapid spread of infections in some low and middle income countries, not much is known about the role of alcohol and drug use in the African HIV/AIDS epidemic".
The papers in this issue of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies (Vol 5, No 2/2006) are a first coordinated attempt to address the gap in our understanding of the direct and indirect links between substance use and HIV infection based on research conducted in seven countries – Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
The titles of the articles are: