IX. HIV Seroprevalence in a Facility for Runaway and Homeless Adolescents

Stricof, Rachel L.; Kennedy, James T.; Nattell, Thomas C.; Weisfuse, Isaac B.; Novick, Lloyd F.
May 1991
American Journal of Public Health;May91, Vol. 81 Issue 5, special section p50
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study of the HIV seroprevalence among adolescents receiving health care at Covenant House New York, a facility serving run-away and homeless youth in New York City from 1987 to 1989. The study found an association of HIV seropositivity with intravenous drug use, male homosexual or bisexual activity, prostitution and history of another sexually transmitted disease. In addition, the study reveals that seroprevalence rate increased from 1.3 percent for 15-year-olds to 8.6 percent for 20-year-olds. The immediate need for prevention programs for these adolescents was suggested.


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