Risk factors and characteristics of youth living with, or at high risk for, HIV

G. J. Huba, Lisa A. Melchior, A. T. Panter, Lee Trevithick, Elizabeth R. Woods, Eric Wright, Rudy Feudo, Steven Tierney, Arlene Schneir, Adam Tenner, Gary Remafedi, Brian Greenberg, Marsha Sturdevant, Elizabeth Goodman, Antigone Hodgins, Michael Wallace, Russell E. Brady, Barney Singer

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    Over 8,000 adolescents and young adults (4,111 males; 4,085 females) reported on several HIV-related risk behaviors during enrollment into 10 service demonstration projects targeted to youth living with, or at risk for, HIV. Distinct risk patterns emerged by gender when predicting HIV serostatus (versus unknown serostatus/negative serostatus). Males who had injection drug risk histories, had sex with an HIV positive partner, had sexually transmitted diseases, had sex with males, and/or were homeless had an inflated risk of being HIV positive. Females who engaged in sex with an HIV partner, had sex with an injection drug user, and/or had sexually transmitted diseases, were at the highest HIV risk. For both samples, engaging in sex with women reduced the likelihood of HIV positive status. Very basic information about risk factors obtained at service intake offers important information about HIV status of "high risk" youth presenting for care in community programs, as well as suggests clear risk factors for targeted preventive efforts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)557-575
    Number of pages19
    JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Infectious Diseases

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