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Risk factors for HIV-AIDS among youth in Cape Town, South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2005-05-18 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T09:49:37Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T09:49:37Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7292
dc.description.abstract South Africa is in the midst of a devastating HIV-AIDS epidemic and most new HIV infections occur among young adults and adolescents. The current study examined risk behaviors and HIV risk factors among young people living in a Black South African township. Using community-based outreach methods of street intercept and facility-based surveying, 113 men and 115 women age 25 and younger responded to an anonymous survey. Results showed that men (68%) and women (56%) reported HIV-related high risk sexual behaviors. Although knowledge about HIV transmission was generally high, there was evidence that misconceptions about AIDS persist, particularly myths related to HIV transmission. For young men, HIV risk factors were associated with fewer years of education, lower levels of AIDS-related knowledge, condom attitudes, and Dagga (marijuana) use. Among young women, HIV risk factors were associated with beliefs that condoms get in the way of sex and rates of unprotected vaginal intercourse. Despite adequate general AIDS knowledge and risk sensitization, South African youth demonstrated high rates of sexual practices that place them at risk for HIV infection. There is an urgent need for behavioral interventions targeted to young South Africans living in the most economically disadvantaged areas. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.title Risk factors for HIV-AIDS among youth in Cape Town, South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 9(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2004/05 en
dc.ResearchGroup Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health en
dc.SourceTitle AIDS and Behavior en
dc.ArchiveNumber 2910 en
dc.PageNumber 53-61 en
dc.outputnumber 1852 en
dc.bibliographictitle Simbayi, L.C., Kalichman, S.C., Jooste, S., Cherry, C., Mfecane, S. & Cain, D. (2005) Risk factors for HIV-AIDS among youth in Cape Town, South Africa. <i>AIDS and Behavior</i>. 9(1):53-61. en
dc.publicationyear 2005 en
dc.contributor.author1 Simbayi, L.C. en
dc.contributor.author2 Kalichman, S.C. en
dc.contributor.author3 Jooste, S. en
dc.contributor.author4 Cherry, C. en
dc.contributor.author5 Mfecane, S. en
dc.contributor.author6 Cain, D. en

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