ERIC Number: ED317903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Street Youth: Adaptation and Survival in the AIDS Decade.
Luna, G. Cajetan
Street youth remain at the fringes of society reflecting larger inherent social problems. Whether due to the death of parents, as a result of war, poverty, famine, disease, abandonment or abuse the health and social problems of the world's 100 million street youth are profound. By 1987 it was accepted that street youth were a high risk population for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) due to their street activities and related survival strategies. Clinical cases of AIDS began to appear among homeless street youth still in their teenage years or former street youth in their early 20s. It is recognized that the health and social problems of street youth are similar everywhere and have been throughout time. The AIDS epidemic gives impetus to immediate and comprehensive preventive action. Given the current urgency of the AIDS problem on the west coast, nationally and internationally, long-term housing for street youth who are infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus must be available on a large scale with coordinated social and health services. In addition, street based AIDS education and outreach should not only target street prostitutes but their customers with particular attention to tourists. Programs must be supported which empower perennial street youth themselves, programs which assist by organizing them to advocate for their rights and treating them with the dignity they deserve. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (5th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 4-9, 1989).