Des Jarlais
Don C. Des Jarlais, PhD
CDUHR - Associate Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Social-behavioral Theory Core
NYU School of Global Public Health - Professor
PhD, Social Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA, Behavioral Science, Rice University
Research Interests
Injecting drug use, Epidemiology, HIV, HCV, Research synthesis
For over 30 years Don Des Jarlais has been conducting HIV/AIDS research among persons who inject drugs (PWID). He is PI of the “Risk Factors” study (R01DA003574), which was instrumental in tracking the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. This study has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1983 and is the longest continuously funded study on HIV/AIDS in persons who use drugs. He has conducted HIV/AIDS research nationally (Seattle, CDC CIDUS studies, national syringe exchange survey) and internationally (in over 20 different countries). He has served as a consultant on these issues to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Principal Investigator, Combined Prevention to Reduce Initiation Into Injecting Drug Use. Active
Principal Investigator, DRIVE (Drug Use and Blood-Borne Infections in Vietnam): Combined Prevention and Care to End the HIV Epidemic Among People Who Inject Drugs in Haiphong, Vietnam. Active
Principal Investigator, Risk Factors for AIDS among Persons Who Inject Drugs and COVID-19. Active
Principal Investigator, Barriers to Reason: Laws Impacting HIV Prevention Efforts among IDUs in the United States. Completed
Principal Investigator, Combined HIV Prevention for PWID and Future Collaborative Research in Vietnam. Completed
Principal Investigator, Evaluating ART for All HIV Seropositives: Can It Work with the Hardest Cases?. Completed
Principal Investigator, Expanded Syringe Access Program: NY Evaluation (ESAP). Completed
Principal Investigator, HIV Infection in Ethnic Minority IDUs: An International Systematic Review. Completed
Principal Investigator, HIV Transmission among Injecting and Non-Injecting Drug Users in Tallinn, Estonia. Completed
Principal Investigator, Multiple HIV Prevention Packages for IDUs in Estonia. Completed
Principal Investigator, National Study of Syringe Exchange Programs. Completed
Principal Investigator, WHO Survey Coordinating Center, Drug Injecting Study – Phase 2. Completed


Wise A, Kianian B, Chang HH, Linton S, Wolfe ME, Smith J, Tempalski B, Des Jarlais D, Ross Z, Semaan S, Wejnert C, Broz D, Cooper HLF (2021).
Is the severity of the Great Recession’s aftershocks correlated with changes in access to the combined prevention environment among people who inject drugs?
International Journal of Drug Policy, 95, 103264. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103264.

Paschen-Wolff MM, Campbell ANC, Tross S, Choo TH, Pavlicova M, Braunstein S, Lazar R, Borges C, Castro M, Berg H, Harriman G, Remien RH, Des Jarlais D (2021).
Durable viral suppression among people with HIV and problem substance use in the era of universal antiretroviral treatment
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2021 Jul 30]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03392-9.

Linton SL, Des Jarlais DC, Ornstein JT, Kasman M, Hammond R, Kianian B, Smith JC, Wolfe ME, Ross Z, German D, Flynn C, Raymond HF, Klevens RM, Spencer E, Schacht JM, Finlayson T, Paz-Bailey G, Wejnert C, Cooper HLF (2021).
An application of agent-based modeling to explore the impact of decreasing incarceration rates and increasing drug treatment access on sero-discordant partnerships among people who inject drugs
International Journal of Drug Policy, 94, 103194. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103194.

Talal AH, Jaanimagi U, Davis K, Bailey J, Bauer BM, Dharia A, George S, McLeod A, Morton K, Nugent A, Zeremski M, Dinani A, Des Jarlais DC, Perumalswami PV, Tobin JN, Dickerson SS (2021).
Facilitating engagement of persons with opioid use disorder in treatment for hepatitis C virus infection via telemedicine: Stories of onsite case managers
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 127, 108421. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108421.

Des Jarlais DC, Feelemyer J, Arasteh K, Huong DT, Oanh KTH, Khue PM, Giang HT, Thanh NTT, Moles JP, Vinh VH, Vallo R, Quillet C, Rapoud D, Michel L, Laureillard D, Nagot N (2021).
The methamphetamine epidemic among persons who inject heroin in Hai Phong, Vietnam
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 126, 108320. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108320. PMCID: PMC8197775.


Des Jarlais DC, Huong DT (2018).
Ending HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs in LMICs
Lancet, 392 (10149), 714-719. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31721-5.

Dr. Des Jarlais' ResearchGate Profile
Selected Press