HECTOR M COLON

Summary

Affiliation: Universidad Central del Caribe

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Elicitation of salient beliefs related to drug preparation practices among injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    HECTOR M COLON
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamón Puerto Rico
    AIDS Behav 9:363-75. 2005
  2. ncbi request reprint The validity of drug use self-reports among hard core drug users in a household survey in Puerto Rico: comparison of survey responses of cocaine and heroin use with hair tests
    HECTOR M COLON
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60327, Bayamón 00960 6032, Puerto Rico
    Drug Alcohol Depend 67:269-79. 2002
  3. ncbi request reprint Prevalence and correlates of DSM-IV substance use disorders in Puerto Rico
    H M Colon
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, PO Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032
    Bol Asoc Med P R 93:12-22. 2001
  4. ncbi request reprint Hepatitis B immune status of non-injecting drugusers 18- to 25-years-old in Puerto Rico
    H M Colon
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032
    Bol Asoc Med P R 98:159-66. 2006
  5. pmc A comparative study of mortality among Puerto Rican injection drug users in East Harlem, New York, and Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Hector Manuel Colon
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Box 60327, Bayamon, 00960 6032, Puerto Rico
    J Urban Health 83:1114-26. 2006
  6. ncbi request reprint A longitudinal study of syringe acquisition by Puerto Rican injection drug users in New York and Puerto Rico: implications for syringe exchange and distribution programs
    H Ann Finlinson
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Subst Use Misuse 41:1313-36. 2006
  7. ncbi request reprint Factors associated with drug treatment dropout among injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    C Amalia Marrero
    Center for Addiction Studies, Caribbean Basin and Hispanic Addiction Technology Transfer Center, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, P O Box 60327, Bayamón 00960 6032, Puerto Rico
    Addict Behav 30:397-402. 2005
  8. doi request reprint Neighborhood disorganization, substance use, and violence among adolescents in Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico
    J Interpers Violence 23:1499-512. 2008
  9. ncbi request reprint HIV risk behaviors and alcohol intoxication among injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    Tomas D Matos
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, P O Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032, USA
    Drug Alcohol Depend 76:229-34. 2004
  10. pmc Homelessness and HIV risk behaviors among drug injectors in Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032, USA
    J Urban Health 82:446-55. 2005

Detail Information

Publications25

  1. ncbi request reprint Elicitation of salient beliefs related to drug preparation practices among injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    HECTOR M COLON
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamón Puerto Rico
    AIDS Behav 9:363-75. 2005
    ....
  2. ncbi request reprint The validity of drug use self-reports among hard core drug users in a household survey in Puerto Rico: comparison of survey responses of cocaine and heroin use with hair tests
    HECTOR M COLON
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60327, Bayamón 00960 6032, Puerto Rico
    Drug Alcohol Depend 67:269-79. 2002
    ..The results suggest that while drug reports of hard core drug users interviewed in household surveys might be more valid than those of the general population, there still remains considerable under-reporting...
  3. ncbi request reprint Prevalence and correlates of DSM-IV substance use disorders in Puerto Rico
    H M Colon
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, PO Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032
    Bol Asoc Med P R 93:12-22. 2001
    ..Only 13.0% of respondents with a past year disorder reported using services for their disorder. A program of continuous monitoring of substance using disorders is critical to establishing and monitoring effective policies...
  4. ncbi request reprint Hepatitis B immune status of non-injecting drugusers 18- to 25-years-old in Puerto Rico
    H M Colon
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032
    Bol Asoc Med P R 98:159-66. 2006
    ..Ilicit drug users are the population group at highest risk of HBV infection in most Western countries. In this study we assessed hepatitis B virus (HBV) immune status in a cohort of young non-injecting drug users in Puerto Rico...
  5. pmc A comparative study of mortality among Puerto Rican injection drug users in East Harlem, New York, and Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Hector Manuel Colon
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Box 60327, Bayamon, 00960 6032, Puerto Rico
    J Urban Health 83:1114-26. 2006
    ..Furthermore, these results point to an urgent need to reduce excess mortality among IDUs in Puerto Rico...
  6. ncbi request reprint A longitudinal study of syringe acquisition by Puerto Rican injection drug users in New York and Puerto Rico: implications for syringe exchange and distribution programs
    H Ann Finlinson
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Subst Use Misuse 41:1313-36. 2006
    ..The only source of free syringes, the SEP, permitted more syringes to be exchanged but the increase was not statistically significant. Implications for syringe exchange and distribution programs are discussed...
  7. ncbi request reprint Factors associated with drug treatment dropout among injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    C Amalia Marrero
    Center for Addiction Studies, Caribbean Basin and Hispanic Addiction Technology Transfer Center, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, P O Box 60327, Bayamón 00960 6032, Puerto Rico
    Addict Behav 30:397-402. 2005
    ..Improving adherence to drug treatment and reducing dropout rates are complex processes that need to be addressed at the individual behavioral and social support levels, as well as the program process and resource levels...
  8. doi request reprint Neighborhood disorganization, substance use, and violence among adolescents in Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico
    J Interpers Violence 23:1499-512. 2008
    ..Furthermore, socially disorganized neighborhoods might be less likely to organize on their own behalf because the occurrence of negative experience limits the amount of social support and resources that are available in the neighborhood...
  9. ncbi request reprint HIV risk behaviors and alcohol intoxication among injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    Tomas D Matos
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, P O Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032, USA
    Drug Alcohol Depend 76:229-34. 2004
    ..HIV prevention programs, to be effective, must address alcohol intoxication and its relation to injection and sexual risk behaviors as a central issue in HIV prevention among drug injectors...
  10. pmc Homelessness and HIV risk behaviors among drug injectors in Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032, USA
    J Urban Health 82:446-55. 2005
    ..Findings from this study present an added challenge to drug treatment and HIV prevention and treatment programs, to provide services that can address the additional needs of drug users suffering the stressors of homelessness...
  11. ncbi request reprint Severe anxiety symptomatology and HIV risk behavior among Hispanic injection drug users in Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, P O Box 60327, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 00960 6032, Argentina
    AIDS Behav 11:145-50. 2007
    ..The findings from this study alert HIV prevention and treatment programs to the need to address anxiety disorders within their programs...
  12. ncbi request reprint An exploratory qualitative study of polydrug use histories among recently initiated injection drug users in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    H Ann Finlinson
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Subst Use Misuse 41:915-35. 2006
    ..Neither availability nor access appeared to affect the order in which participants used modulating drugs...
  13. ncbi request reprint Sexual identity formation and AIDS prevention: an exploratory study of non-gay-identified Puerto Rican MSM from working class neighborhoods
    H Ann Finlinson
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, P O Box 60 327, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960 6032
    AIDS Behav 10:531-9. 2006
    ..HIV/AIDS prevention based on awareness of developmental histories holds promise for intervening before NGI youth engage in male prostitution or injection drug use...
  14. ncbi request reprint Effects of combined counseling and case management to reduce HIV risk behaviors among Hispanic drug injectors in Puerto Rico: a randomized controlled study
    Rafaela R Robles
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960 6032
    J Subst Abuse Treat 27:145-52. 2004
    ..Confirming the outcomes of this study in other Hispanic sites and populations could be a critical step towards reducing factors that contribute to the self-sustaining HIV/AIDS epidemic in Puerto Rico and communities in the U.S. mainland...
  15. pmc The effectiveness evaluation of a multimedia hepatitis C prevention program for Hispanic HIV-infected individuals
    Angel M Mayor
    Retrovirus Research Center, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, Bayomon, PR
    Ethn Dis 20:S1-158-62. 2010
    ..A multimedia educational intervention, based on the Health Beliefs Model and Social Cognitive Theory was developed and implemented to reduce HCV-associated risk behaviors among IDUs...
  16. ncbi request reprint Gender differences in drug use and sexual risk behaviors among non-injecting heroin users in Puerto Rico
    Irmaly Sosa-Zapata
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    P R Health Sci J 26:205-11. 2007
    ..However, very few studies have examined the drug-using practices and other problem behaviors of NIHUs. In this study, we compared male and female NIHUs from Puerto Rico across a number of domains...
  17. ncbi request reprint Correlates of early sexual activity among Hispanic children in middle adolescence
    Rafaela R Robles
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60 327, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960 6032
    P R Health Sci J 26:119-26. 2007
    ..We analyzed early sexual activity among Hispanic 14 to 15-year-old adolescents residing in a poor neighborhood in Puerto Rico...
  18. pmc Prevalence and correlates of hepatitis C virus infection among street-recruited injection drug users in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Center for Addiction Studies, Institute of Addiction, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60327, Bayamon, 00960, Puerto Rico
    J Urban Health 83:1105-13. 2006
    ..This study indicates that more aggressive educational programs are urgently needed to reduce the spread of HCV infection among IDUs in Puerto Rico...
  19. ncbi request reprint Mortality among Hispanic drug users in Puerto Rico
    Rafaela R Robles
    Centro de Estudios en Adicción, Escuela de Medicina, Universidad Central del Caribe, PO Box 60327, Bayamon, PR 00960 6032
    P R Health Sci J 22:369-76. 2003
    ..Puerto Rico needs to continue developing programs to prevent HIV/AIDS among drug users. Special attention should be given to young women, who appear to be in greatest need of programs to prevent early mortality...
  20. doi request reprint Polydrug use and attempted suicide among Hispanic adolescents in Puerto Rico
    Juan C Reyes
    Institute of Research, Education and Services on Addiction, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Arch Suicide Res 15:151-9. 2011
    ..Adolescents with mothers who met the criteria for depression were more likely to report suicide attempts (OR = 2.4, p = 0.069). Health professionals need to screen for polydrug use and depression to prevent future suicidal behaviors...
  21. ncbi request reprint Determinants of health care use among Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico and New York City
    Rafaela R Robles
    Center for Addiction Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Clin Infect Dis 37:S392-403. 2003
    ..Although Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico are not an ethnic minority, they reported significant disparities in health services use compared with Puerto Rican drug users in New York...
  22. ncbi request reprint Puerto Rican drug users experiences of physical and sexual abuse: comparisons based on sexual identities
    H Ann Finlinson
    Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 00960 6032
    J Sex Res 40:277-85. 2003
    ....
  23. ncbi request reprint Injecting shared drugs: an observational study of the process of drug acquisition, preparation, and injection by Puerto Rican drug users
    H Ann Finlinson
    Researcher, Center for Addiction Studies, School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    J Psychoactive Drugs 37:37-49. 2005
    ....
  24. pmc The feasibility and acceptability of a multimedia hepatitis C prevention program for Hispanic HIV-infected persons
    Angel M Mayor
    Retrovirus Research Center, Internal Medicine Department, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, USA
    Ethn Dis 18:S2-195-9. 2008
    ..We developed and implemented a multimedia educational intervention for HIV-infected IDUs, based on the Health Belief Model and social cognitive theory...
  25. pmc Knowledge of viral hepatitis among Puerto Rican adults: implications for prevention
    Marievelisse Soto-Salgado
    UPR MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Program, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, PMB 371 P O Box 70344, San Juan, PR 00936 8344, Puerto Rico
    J Community Health 36:565-73. 2011
    ..Health education must be focused on transmission and prevention methods, including the availability of a vaccine for HAV and HBV, especially among those with chronic liver disease...

Research Grants1

  1. Introducing New drug Preparation Materials to Reduce HIV/HCV Transmission Among
    HECTOR COLON; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ..Upon termination of the proposed exploratory research, an R01 proposal will be designed to implement a field trial and test the diffusion, sustainability, and efficacy of the new drug preparation practices. ..