Risky Sexual Behaviors among a Sample of Gang-identified Youth in Los Angeles release_n46vct4hfneyvmwa7xlisw3ly4

by Bill Sanders, Stephen E Lankenau, Jennifer Jackson-Bloom

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2009   Volume 2, Issue 1, p61-71


Gang youth are at an increased likelihood of participating in unsafe sexual behaviors and at an elevated risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infection (STIs), including HIV. This manuscript presents quantitative and qualitative data on sexual behaviors among a sample of predominately heterosexual, male gang youth aged 16 to 25 years interviewed in Los Angeles between 2006 and 2007 (n = 60). In particular, sexual identity, initiation and frequency of sex, and number of sexual partners; use of condoms, children, and other pregnancies; group sex; and STIs and sex with drug users. We argue that gang youth are a particular public health concern, due to their heightened risky sexual activity, and that behavioral interventions targeting gang youth need to include a component on reducing sexual risks and promoting safe sexual health.
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Date   2009-11-01
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