Prevalence of HIV-related risk behaviors and STDs among incarcerated adolescents

J Adolesc Health. 1995 Sep;17(3):173-7. doi: 10.1016/1054-139X(95)00043-R.

Abstract

Purpose: To determine the HIV-related risk behaviors and STDs in a population of incarcerated adolescents in order to strategically target education and prevention efforts.

Methods: A single point-in-time prevalence study based on an analysis of intake medical records of 1,215 incarcerated youth were analyzed for HIV risk behaviors and STD history.

Results: Incarcerated adolescents report high rates of risk behaviors for HIV infection and STDs, with 75% reporting three or more sex partners, 25% never using condoms and 19% having a current diagnosis of at least one STD. Significantly more females than males reported a history of STDs and had higher rates of current diagnoses of chlamydia/non-gonococcal urethritis, trichomonas and gonorrhea.

Conclusions: Ethnic/racial and gender differences were found in risk behaviors for STDs among a sample of incarcerated adolescents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Condoms
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Prisoners / education
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • United States / epidemiology