Title

Prostitution, IV Drug Use, and Sex-for‐Crack Exchanges Among Serious Delinquents: Risks for HIV Infection

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1991

Abstract

There is mounting evidence that HIV infection among adolescents is increasing, particularly among minorities and inner‐city youths involved in certain high‐risk activities, such as multiple sex partners and intravenous drug use. Interviews conducted “on the street” with 611 seriously delinquent male and female adolescents (ages 12–17) included questions about their involvement in prostitution, intravenous drug use, and sex‐for‐crack exchanges. Findings included high percentages of youths engaged in these HIV‐risk activities and a consistent association between all of them and greater illicit drug use. This would suggest that these risk behaviors may be surprisingly prevalent among some inner‐city adolescent groups. Special AIDS prevention/intervention targeting these groups is warranted and urgently needed. Drug treatment should be a central focus of such programs. Copyright © 1991, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Journal Title

Criminology

Volume

29

Issue

2

First Page

221

Last Page

235

DOI

10.1111/j.1745-9125.1991.tb01065.x

First Department

Behavioral Sciences

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