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ERIC Number: EJ857741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1553-8346
The Influence of Knowing Someone with AIDS on Youth HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors
Cederbaum, Julie A.; Marcus, Steven C.; Hutchinson, M. Katherine
Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, v8 n2 p31-44 2007
Research indicates that knowing someone with HIV/AIDS is associated with greater perceived risk of contracting HIV and changes in sexual risk behaviors. The current study with a sample of 1,172 examined whether knowing someone with HIV/AIDS influenced sexual risk communication and youth engagement in sexual intercourse using the Philadelphia Educational Longitudinal Study (PELS). Adolescents who reported personally knowing someone with AIDS were more likely to be female (p less than 0.001) and Black (p less than 0.007) or Hispanic (p less than 0.19). These adolescents were 1.5 times more likely to report ever having had sex and 1.3 times more likely to have ever talked to their parent about how to avoid STDs and AIDS compared to youth who did not know someone with AIDS. Understanding if and how knowing someone with HIV/AIDS influences sexual activity may be an important approach in reducing new HIV infections. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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