A study of HIV seroprevalence in a group of homeless youth in Hollywood, California

J Adolesc Health. 1997 May;20(5):339-42. doi: 10.1016/S1054-139X(97)00038-4.


The objective of this descriptive-exploratory study was to examine the HIV seroprevalence rate among a sample of homeless youth in Hollywood, California. A total of 96 respondents (age 14-24) were administered a questionnaire and had their blood drawn to test for the presence of HIV antibodies, during nightly street outreach activities conducted by Covenant House California. The HIV seroprevalence rate was 11.5% for the sample. Chi-square analysis showed strong correlation between HIV status and sexual risk behavior but not for HIV status and drug-related risk behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • California / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Seroprevalence*
  • Homeless Youth / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires