Adolescents Living Safely: AIDS Awareness, Attitudes
and Actions for Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Teens
Designed to provide education, social and medical services, and peer support
to gay,lesbian and bisexual youths between 14 and 19 years of age, this program
combines case management, comprehensive health care, and risk assessment counseling
with small group discussion sessions. During the group sessions, transmission
and prevention of HIV/AIDS are investigated through workshops in which youth
create their own educational materials. Participants also receive behavioral
and cognitive skills training for coping with high-risk situations. The case
management and counseling components are designed to identify individual needs
and provide youth with appropriate services (e.g., legal, medical, vocational).
A field study of the intervention was initiated with 138 males at a community-based
agency serving gay youth in New York City. The impact of the program was found
to vary over time and across racial/ethnic groups. African-American and white
teens showed a significant decrease in unprotected anal intercourse at the
three-month follow-up assessment; at six months the decrease was recorded only
among whites. On measures of unprotected oral intercourse, white and Hispanic
youths engaged in fewer risk acts through the twelve-month assessment; for
African-Americans, the decrease was maintained only until six months following
the intervention. View
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