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Prevalence and correlates of cutting behavior: risk for HIV transmission.

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Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco 94105.


The prevalence of cutting behavior among a population of 76 psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents was found to be 61.2%. The frequency ranged from a single occasion to over 50 instances, with a mean of 9.9 occasions. Increased self-mutilation was not found to be associated with gender, age, ethnicity, or primary psychiatric diagnosis. A significant association was identified between adolescents who report forced sex and those who report cutting behavior. Approximately 26.7% of those reporting this behavior also report sharing cutting implements with other adolescents. This article raises concern about this behavior as it relates to the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and makes recommendations for clinicians treating this population.

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