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Am J Prev Med. 1991 Nov-Dec;7(6):416-21.

AIDS risk behaviors of minority youth living in Detroit.

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College of Nursing, Ohio State University, Columbus 43210-1289.


During summer 1989, 30 Hispanic (15 men, 15 women) and 34 African American (17 men, 17 women) adolescents and young adults from Detroit participated in face-to-face interviews designed to provide preliminary descriptive data of this population's AIDS and condom knowledge, sexual behavior, and condom and needle use behavior. Results suggest almost all knew that AIDS could be transmitted sexually or by needle sharing, and most participants knew condoms protect against AIDS. Although many sexually active participants reported using condoms, the majority reported engaging in unprotected vaginal intercourse. More Hispanic women reported episodes of unprotected intercourse than any other group. The following results may be useful in designing AIDS prevention strategies. Many participants seemed unaware of the ineffectiveness of nonlatex condoms. Hispanic female participants seemed to have a low level of knowledge concerning their own reproductive health. Small numbers of Hispanic and African American participants reported that people in their neighborhood used needles to self-administer steroids or vitamins.

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