ERIC Number: ED308583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
D.C. Teenagers and AIDS: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors.
Center for Population Options, Washington, DC.
Adolescents currently account for less than 1 percent of reported AIDS cases. Yet, because of their experimentation with both sex and drugs, teens face an increasingly high risk of contracting and transmitting the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). A total of 35 innercity black adolescents, ages 14 through 17, were interviewed in 2-hour group sessions. Key findings revealed that: (1) the teens were generally well informed about AIDS and about how HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is transmitted; (2) participants did not feel themselves to be at risk of contracting the virus and subsequently had not altered their behavior; (3) neither abstinence nor monogamy was a viable option as a means of AIDS avoidance; and (4) condoms were familiar to the adolescents, but due to some negative feelings regarding their use, condoms were not consistently used as a means of AIDS protection. Recommendations for helping teens to feel personally vulnerable to AIDS include integrating AIDS information that emphasizes prevention into existing health or sex education classes at each grade level and implementing programs that focus on helping teens adopt, develop, and maintain AIDS preventative behaviors. (KM)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Behavior Modification, Contraception, Health Promotion, Prevention, Secondary Education, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Population Options, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia