AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 209–215

HIV Knowledge and Sexual Risk Behaviors of Street Children in Takoradi, Ghana

  • Anthony K. Wutoh
  • E. Kuor Kumoji
  • Zhenyi Xue
  • Gregorina Campusano
  • Rita D. Wutoh
  • Joseph R. Ofosu
Africa and AIDS

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-005-9038-6

Cite this article as:
Wutoh, A.K., Kumoji, E.K., Xue, Z. et al. AIDS Behav (2006) 10: 209. doi:10.1007/s10461-005-9038-6

A pilot survey was conducted among 100 street children aged 11–19 years and data collected regarding HIV knowledge, risk behaviors, home and sexual experiences, and factors that contributed to their relocation to the street environment. Data indicated that 80% of the street children had at least minimal knowledge of HIV and 54% perceived themselves to be at risk for contracting HIV. More than three-fourths of the females, and over half of the boys reported ever having sex. There were significant differences between males and females for sexual activity, physical and sexual abuse, and prostitution, as girls were more likely to be sexually active, physically abused, and involved in prostitution.

KEY WORDS:

Street children HIV ghana homeless risk behaviors 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony K. Wutoh
    • 1
    • 3
  • E. Kuor Kumoji
    • 2
  • Zhenyi Xue
    • 1
  • Gregorina Campusano
    • 1
  • Rita D. Wutoh
    • 1
  • Joseph R. Ofosu
    • 1
  1. 1.Howard UniversityHowardUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins UniversityBloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreMaryland
  3. 3.Howard University, School of Pharmacy, Center for Minority Health Services ResearchWashingtonUSA