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HIV-relevant sexual behavior among a healthy inner-city heterosexual adolescent population in an endemic area of HIV.
Keller SE; Bartlett JA; Schleifer SJ; Johnson RL; Pinner E; Delaney B;
July 30, 1991
J Adolesc Health. 1991 Jan;12(1):44-8. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The AIDS crisis has devastated segments of the population including the gay community and those who use intravenous drugs. HIV has spread to other groups including prostitutes and those with other sexually transmitted diseases. We have been studying adolescents in a major Northeast city where there is a major HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite high levels of AIDS related knowledge, these adolescents reported high levels of sex risk behaviors. In addition, our data suggests that even moderate alcohol or marijuana use predicts high risk sexual behaviors. These data indicate the urgent need to develop prevention strategies for the spread of HIV among inner-city youth based upon relevant predictors of risk behaviors. The coupling of HIV in inner-city populations with a high frequency of risk behaviors in adolescents demands an immediate public health response.

Adolescence *Adolescent Behavior Female Human HIV Infections/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PREVENTION & CONTROL Male Risk Factors Sex Behavior/*STATISTICS & NUMER DATA United States Urban Health JOURNAL ARTICLE