Recently Homeless Youth More Likely to Engage in Risky Sex, Increasing Risk of HIV, Other STIs, Study Says
January 9, 2008
Youth who recently have become homeless are more likely than other youth to engage in risky sexual behavior that can lead to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, according to a study published in the Jan. 3 online edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health, ANI/Daily India reports.
"While gender and some racial/ethnic differences in predictors of sexual risk were found in this study, living with nonfamily members and drug use appear to be the most salient in explaining sexual risk," according to the authors. The authors added that "interventions aimed at reducing sexual risk behaviors, and thereby reducing [STIs] and HIV among newly homeless youth, need to help youth find housing associated with supervision and social support ... as well as aim to reduce drug use." Solorio said that the study's findings are "important" because previous interventions "have focused on addressing individual risk behavior and not on addressing structural factors, such as living situations that might have an impact" on risky sexual behavior (ANI/Daily India, 1/7).
An abstract of the study is available online.
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