Dimensions of Sexual Orientation and HIV-Related Risk Among Adolescent Females: Evidence From a Statewide Survey
September 5, 2008
In order to identify factors that may place adolescent females at risk of HIV/AIDS, the researchers assessed the relationship of two dimensions of sexual orientation -- sexual identity, and sex of partners -- with self-reported behaviors and experiences.
The researchers concluded, "Programs to prevent HIV infection among adolescent females should take into account the complexity of sexual orientation and should address the needs and behaviors of sexual-minority youths."
Am Journal of Public Health
06.2008; Vol. 98; No. 6: P. 1051-1058; Carol Goodenow, Ph.D.; Laura A. Szalacha, Ed.D.; Leah E. Robin, Ph.D.; Kim Westheimer, M.A.
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