Resource Logo

AIDS: risk behaviors and situations as perceived by adolescents in Gaborone, Botswana.


J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 1999 Spring;10(1):35-45. Unique Identifier :

While AIDS continues to escalate in Botswana, no systematic investigation has been done of the contextual (behavioral and situational) variables important to the tailoring of AIDS educational prevention program for adolescents. A cross-sectional descriptive study identified the specific behaviors and situations placing adolescents at risk for AIDS as perceived by a convenience sample of 48 adolescents. Adolescents attended gender-specific focus groups and completed a demographic questionnaire. Content analysis revealed that gender and age could categorize the adolescents' perceptions of contextual variables. For younger adolescents AIDS-related behaviors involved sex and intravenous drug use; for older adolescents AIDS-related behaviors involved multiple sexual partners and sexual relationships between older men and adolescent girls. Though a consensus existed regarding the situational variables, gender and age influenced the situation that was most challenging to these adolescents. The data support that AIDS educational prevention programs must be tailored to the adolescents' gender and age.

JOURNAL ARTICLE *Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/ETIOLOGY/PREVENTION & CONTROL/ TRANSMISSION Adolescence *Adolescent Behavior *Adolescent Psychology Botswana Cross-Sectional Studies Female Focus Groups Human *Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male Questionnaires *Risk-Taking Sex Behavior/*PSYCHOLOGY Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


Information in this article was accurate in July 30, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.