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High-risk behaviors among youth and their reasons for not getting tested for HIV

Moyer, MB and Silvestre, AJ and Lombardi, EL and Taylor, CA (2007) High-risk behaviors among youth and their reasons for not getting tested for HIV. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth, 8 (1). 59 - 73. ISSN 1553-8346

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Concerned about reports of a 15% decline in HIV testing among high-risk youth in an earlier study in Pittsburgh, this study was initiated to explore reasons why young people are not getting tested for HIV, while gathering data on their respective level of risk taking behaviors. A total of 580 surveys were collected from youth aged between 14 and 24. Overall, 17% of youth were found to be at high to some risk for HIV infection, while many of them agreed they were not at-risk for HIV. Young MSM reported being afraid of testing HIV positive. Young people continue to engage in high-risk behaviors and avoid HIV testing, and efforts are needed to identify these youth and equip them with the resources they need to avoid infection. Copyright © by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Moyer, MB
Silvestre, AJtonys@pitt.eduTONYS
Lombardi, EL
Taylor, CA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 20 July 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Page Range: 59 - 73
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1300/j499v08n01_04
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1553-8346
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 19:40
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 16:55


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