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Correlates of HIV Risk-taking Behaviors among African-American College Students: HIV Knowledge and Ethnic Identity

Heads, A.M.; Dickson, J.W.; Asby, A.T.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 28(2S): 155-170


ISSN/ISBN: 1548-6869
PMID: 28458270
DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0058
Accession: 059556121

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We examined ethnic identity in relation to hazardous alcohol use, illicit drug use, and risky sexual behavior in 266 college students recruited on the campus of a historically Black college/university (HBCU). Participants were primarily African American students participating in HIV education and prevention outreach efforts. Data regarding prevalence of substance use, binge drinking, and sexual risk behaviors are reported. Results found no relationship among the risk variables and ethnic identity. HIV knowledge score results demonstrated a need to continue HIV education to include the less publicized facts about HIV transmission. Results are discussed in terms of implications for prevention efforts with African American college students.

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