Factors Associated with HIV Testing among African American Female Adolescents in Juvenile Detention Centers
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Little is known about sexual and psychosocial factors associated with HIV testing among detained African American female adolescents—an understudied group at risk for HIV.
188 detained African American female adolescents completed assessments on HIV testing, sexual risk behaviors, and psychosocial factors.
Unprotected vaginal sex, history of STI-positivity or pregnancy, higher STI knowledge, and lower partner availability were associated with a higher likelihood of ever being tested for HIV.
HIV testing is the gateway to important services for high-risk HIV-positive and HIV-negative adolescents. More research is needed to address barriers and to inform programmatic changes to increase testing among youth.
KeywordsYouth Incarcerated Testing Risky sexual behavior STIs
This study was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cooperative agreement 5 UR6 PS000679.
The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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