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Risk Behaviors of Youth Living With HIV: Pre- and Post-HAART

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Objective: To examine the transmission behavior among youth living with HIV (YLH), pre- and post-HAART. Methods: Two cohorts were recruited: (1) 349 YLH during 1994 to 1996 and (2) 175 YLH during 1999 to 2000, after the wide availability of HAART. Differences in sexual and substance-use risk acts and quality of life were examined. Results: Post-HAART YLH were more likely to engage in unprotected sex and substance use, to be more emotionally distressed, and to have lower quality of life than were pre-HAART YLH. Conclusions: Targeted interventions for YLH that address reductions in transmission acts and aim to improve quality of life are still needed.
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Keywords: HAART; HIV/AIDS; sexual risk behaviors; substance use; youth with HIV

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Community Health, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, AIDS Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 2: Department of Psychiatry, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, AIDS Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 3: Department of Biostatistics, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, AIDS Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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