Preventing sexual risk behaviors among gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents: the benefits of gay-sensitive HIV instruction in schools

McKay, Alexander
September 2000
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p214
Academic Journal
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) youth are negatively impacted by numerous environmental factors relative to their heterosexual peers. These factors related to sexual orientation have been associated with higher risk sexual behaviour among GLB youth. Although a number of HIV prevention interventions targeting GLB youth have been successful, most of these interventions have been narrowly focused on sexual risk behaviour with less emphasis placed on broader environmental factors. In addition, to date their have been no studies evaluating school-based GLB youth-focused HIV prevention programs. The purpose of the study was to investigate whether gay-sensitive HIV instruction in high schools would be associated with reductions in high-risk sexual behaviours among GLB youth. GLB youth in schools rated as low in gay sensitive HIV instruction were significantly more likely than GLB youth in schools with moderate or high levels of gay sensitive HIV instruction to report having a higher number of recent sexual partners. The GLB youth in schools with gay sensitive HIV instruction also reported less substance use before last sex than did GLB youth in the other schools.


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