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Title: Sexual Risk Behavior, AIDS Knowledge, and Beliefs About AIDS Among Predominantly Minority Gay and Bisexual Male Adolescents
Journal: AIDS Education and Prevention  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1991)  Pages:305-312
Author(s): M J Rotheram-Borus; C Koopman
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 5-P50 MH43520
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Current sexual risk behavior, AIDS knowledge, and beliefs about AIDS prevention were examined among 59 black and Hispanic male adolescents attending a community center for gay and lesbian youth in New York City.
Abstract: Most minority adolescents (73 percent) had been sexually active in the last 3 months, with a median of 2 partners. Only 21 percent reported consistent condom use. The Sexual Risk Behavior Assessment Schedule-Youth was used to elicit information about sexual behavior, and a risk index was developed to assess sexual risk behavior with the same sex partners in light of factors known to affect the likelihood of HIV infection from sexual transmission. These factors included abstinence, condom use, number of sexual acts, and number of sexual partners. General knowledge about AIDS was evaluated using 62 true/false items, while beliefs about AIDS prevention were studied using 39 Likert-type items. The youth demonstrated moderately high AIDS knowledge (82 percent) and positive beliefs endorsing AIDS prevention (71 percent). When risk pattern was defined on the basis of partners, risk acts, and condom use, positive AIDS prevention beliefs were significantly and inversely associated with the high-risk pattern but not with abstinence. The results suggest that youth who frequently engage in high-risk acts need intervention targeting changes in beliefs, behavior, and knowledge. 23 references and 2 tables (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Attitudes toward AIDS; Homosexuality
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; AIDS/HIV transmission; Black/African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Risk taking behavior; Sexual behavior
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