Article| Volume 7, ISSUE 4, P246-250, August 1992

Teenagers' knowledge of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and associated risk behaviors

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      Adolescents are now recognized as being at high risk for contracting the human immundeficiency virus (HIV), the presumed cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This article reports the findings of a survey that examined AIDS knowledge, risk behaviors, and informational sources for AIDS in a group of suburban New Jersey high school students (N = 152). This group had knowledge of HIV and its transmission, but results indicated that students also participated in behaviors considered “risky” for the transmission of HIV. These behaviors included unprotected sexual intercourse (40% of sexually active males) and sexual intercourse with multiple partners over a period of time (23% of sexually active males).
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