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Knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of homeless African-American adolescents: implications for HIV/AIDS prevention

Knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of homeless African-American adolescents: implications for HIV/AIDS prevention

Journal of the National Medical Association 94(4): 257-263

The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the knowledge of HIV/AIDS, attitudes about condom use, and the sexual behavior of African-American adolescents who reside in a children's emergency homeless shelter. The Attitudes Toward Condom Usage Questionnaire, the AIDS Knowledge and Attitude Survey, and a Perceived Risk of HIV/AIDS Scale were modified and administered to 37 African-American male and female adolescents who reside in an emergency shelter. HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes about condoms among these respondents were comparable to those of other adolescents described in the literature in that there was a strong knowledge of HIV/AIDS, although sexual behavior and attitudes toward condoms were not consistent with this knowledge. Significant differences between male and female respondents were only found on three items of the Attitudes Toward Condom Usage Questionnaire and on the Perceived Risk of HIV/AIDS Scale at the 0.05 level. The knowledge, attitudes, and sexual behavior of homeless, African-American adolescents should be examined to develop and implement appropriate programs to address the specific needs of this population. Further research should focus on this population and expand on this preliminary data.

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