Teens, Drug Abuse, and AIDS: The Deadly Connection

March 2005
Scholastic Scope;3/7/2005, Vol. 53 Issue 14, special section p1
The article focuses on the challenge of trying both to cure and control the spread of AIDS in youth. Young people are one of the populations at risk for infection with HIV. Between 1998 and 2000 — the most recent years for AIDS-related statistics — about one out of every six new HIV infections were in people between the ages of 13 and 25. According to a 2004 report, behavior associated with drug abuse is now the single largest factor in the spread of HIV infection in the U.S. AIDS and hepatitis C, another viral disease associated with drug abuse, are both blood-borne illnesses.


Related Articles

  • Adolescent HIV/AIDS: Issues and challenges. Naswa, Smriti; Marfatia, Y. S. // Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases;2010, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p1 

    Adolescence (10- 19 years) is a phase of physical growth and development accompanied by sexual maturation, often leading to intimate relationships. Adolescent HIV/AIDS is a separate epidemic and needs to be handled and managed separately from adult HIV. The adolescents can be subdivided into...

  • THE SAVED SISTA PROJECT: A FAITH-BASED HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR BLACK WOMEN IN ADDICTION RECOVERY. Collins, Cassandra E.; Whiters, David L.; Braithwaite, Ronald // American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p76 

    HIV/AIDS as well as substance use disorders continue to devastate the African American community. Black women have the highest rate of new HIV infections among all groups of American women, with more than twice the prevalence rate of white or Hispanic women. Substance use and its correlation to...

  • Risk factors for elevated HIV incidence among Aboriginal injection drug users in Vancouver. Craib, Kevin J.P.; Spittal, Patricia M.; Wood, Evan; Laliberte, Nancy; Hogg, Robert S.; Li, Kathy; Heath, Katherine; Tyndall, Mark W.; O'Shaughnessy, Michael V.; Schechter, Martin T. // CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/7/2003, Vol. 168 Issue 1, p19 

    Background: Because of established links between entrenched poverty and risk of HIV infection, there have long been warnings that HIV/AIDS will disproportionately affect Aboriginal people in Canada. We compared HIV incidence rates among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal injection drug...

  • Description of a Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Substance Use and Related Risk and Increase Positive Parenting among Urban Mothers with Alcohol and Other Drug Problems. Leonard, Noelle R.; Gwadz, Marya V.; Arredondo, Gricel N.; Riedel, Marion; Rotko, Lauren; Hardcastle, Emily J.; Potere, Jodi C. // Journal of Child & Family Studies;Aug2007, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p531 

    The abuse of alcohol and other substances by mothers raising adolescent children has serious adverse effects on family functioning and youth outcomes, and on mothers’ own health and adaptation. Mothers who are also HIV-infected face additional challenges. In the present report, we...

  • REDUCING HIV RISK BEHAVIORS: PERCEPTIONS OF HIV RISK AND STAGE OF CHANGE. Stevens, Sally J.; Estrada, Antonio L. // Journal of Drug Issues;Summer96, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p607 

    The HIV epidemic has had a dramatic impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities around the world. Originally identified in homosexual men, HIV increasingly affects others, including: (1) those who inject drugs, (2) non-injection drug users who engage in unsafe sex, and (3)...

  • Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of HIV/AIDs of Adolescent in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Mandu Stephen, Ekpenyong // Journal of International Diversity;2015, Vol. 2015 Issue 1, p114 

    Despite wide spread knowledge of consequences of HIV/AIDS, and of protective measures to avoid infections, risky sexual behavior is still rampant among adolescents in Nigeria. This consequently facilitates the spread of HIV infection among sexually active adolescent. This study was conducted to...

  • Psychiatric Functioning and Substance Use: Factors Associated with HIV Risk Among Incarcerated Adolescents. Otto-Salaj, Laura L.; Gore-Felton, Cheryl; McGarvey, Elizabeth; Canterbury II, R. J. // Child Psychiatry & Human Development;Winter2002, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p91 

    This study examined several types of psychiatric functioning (neuropsychiatric, emotional, and cognitive functioning) and substance use in relation to HIV risk behavior among 894 incarcerated girls and boys. Youth remanded to juvenile correctional facilities in a southern US state completed a...

  • HIV/AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA: A REVIEW OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AMONG ADOLESCENTS. George Hartell, Cycil // Adolescence;Spring2005, Vol. 40 Issue 157, p171 

    South Africa has a fast-growing HIV/AIDS rate, with the highest prevalence among young people (15 to 24 years), especially females. This paper is a comprehensive analytical review of available research concerning the sexual behavior of adolescents in South Africa. It offers insight into HIV...

  • Youth Attitudes and Perspectives on HIV Infection and AIDS. Singh, Ashvind N. // Journal of Child & Family Studies;Dec94, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p345 

    The author reflects on the exposure of teenagers to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). He cites that adolescents are vulnerable to HIV infections and AIDS because they engage in sexual activity and drug addiction. Knowledge of youth regarding the...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics