Puerto Rican youth in drug treatment facilities: who volunteers for HIV testing?

C. N. Vélez, L. A. Rodríguez, E. Schoenbaum, J. A. Ungemack

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This paper examines the characteristics of youngsters in drug treatment who volunteer for AIDS testing in comparison to those who do not. HIV Antibodies testing was offered on a voluntary basis to a sample of 250 Puerto Rican youngsters enrolled in three ambulatory drug treatment centers in 1991. Sixty-six percent of the youngsters agreed to take the test. Male adolescents who volunteered reported fewer years of education and were more likely to have dropped-out of school. Consistent with research findings among adults, those adolescents at greater risk of HIV infection as measured by drug use and sexual behaviors were more likely to volunteer for on-site testing for HIV infection. Higher rates of alcohol use and marijuana use differentiated volunteers from those who did not. Among the sexual behaviors investigated, number of partners, engaging in less risk reduction practices, having a sexual partner who had used illicit drugs and using condoms to avoid STD's were found to be significantly higher in volunteers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalPuerto Rico health sciences journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1997
Externally publishedYes

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