AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 471–478

A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents with Perinatally or Transfusion Acquired HIV Infection: Sexual Knowledge, Risk Reduction Self-efficacy and Sexual Behavior

  • Lori S. Wiener
  • Haven B. Battles
  • Lauren V. Wood
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-006-9162-y

Cite this article as:
Wiener, L.S., Battles, H.B. & Wood, L.V. AIDS Behav (2007) 11: 471. doi:10.1007/s10461-006-9162-y

Abstract

As HIV-positive children are surviving to adolescence and beyond, understanding their HIV knowledge and sexual behavior is critical. Forty HIV+ adolescents/young adults were interviewed twice, approximately 21 months apart (mean age 16.6 and 18.3 years, respectively). Data on demographics, safer sex knowledge, sexual risk behaviors, risk reduction self-efficacy, and Tanner stage were collected. Twenty-eight percent of HIV+ youth at Time 1 and 41% at Time 2 reported being sexually active. HIV transmission/safer sex knowledge was low, increased with age, and both self-efficacy for and actual condom use was relatively high. Secondary prevention messages should be incorporated into routine medical settings.

Keywords

HIV Adolescents Knowledge Sexual behavior Condoms 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lori S. Wiener
    • 1
  • Haven B. Battles
    • 1
  • Lauren V. Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.HIV/AIDS Malignancy Branch, National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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