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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Mar-Apr;29(2):162-71.

Risk behaviors of youth living with HIV: pre- and post-HAART.

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  • 1Center for Community Health, AIDS Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. mal@ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the transmission behavior among youth living with HIV (YLH), pre- and post-HAART.

METHODS:

Two cohorts were recruited: (1) 349 YLH during 1994 to 1996 and (2) 175 YLH during 1999 to 2000, after the wide availability of HAART. Differences in sexual and substance-use risk acts and quality of life were examined.

RESULTS:

Post-HAART YLH were more likely to engage in unprotected sex and substance use, to be more emotionally distressed, and to have lower quality of life than were pre-HAART YLH.

CONCLUSIONS:

Targeted interventions for YLH that address reductions in transmission acts and aim to improve quality of life are still needed.

PMID:
15698983
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PMCID:
PMC2843582
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