ERIC Number: ED328868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
AIDS Fact Pack.
Center for Population Options, Washington, DC.
The three fact sheets presented in this document address issues surrounding adolescent sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The first fact sheet, "Young Women and AIDS: A Worldwide Perspective," suggests that since open discussions of adolescent sexuality have long been taboo, as have discussions of non-reproductive female sexuality, adolescent female sexuality is doubly taboo. Considering that aside from abstinence, frank discussion of high risk behaviors and safer sex techniques are the only two known methods of stopping the spread of the AIDS virus, this silence prevents young women from learning how to protect themselves from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The second fact sheet, "Adolescents and Sexually Transmitted Diseases," looks at the rapid growth of HIV infection and its implications for the overall reproductive health status of today's adolescents. It is noted that while adolescents, because of their risk-taking behavior, experience higher rates of STDs than any other age group, they are least likely to obtain care. The third fact sheet, "Adolescents, AIDS, and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus," addresses the status of HIV in the United States, HIV infection among teenagers and young adults and teenagers at risk for early, unplanned sexual intercourse, STDs, drug and alcohol use, running away, and prostitution. References are included. (BHK)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Population Options, Washington, DC.