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Some Youths Are Taking More Risks

Some Youths Are Taking More Risks


Researchers report having identified distinct subgroups of youths who may be putting themselves at a higher risk for HIV infection than their peers. A survey of more than 1,100 people between 15 and 21 showed that teens with certain behaviors, living arrangements, or mental health problems were engaging in unprotected sex far more often than their peers. Youth Subgroup/Number of Unprotected Sex Acts in Past 90 Days Young Men With mental health issues: 27 Marijuana and alcohol use: 19 Lower-risk group: 7 Young Women Living with a sexual partner: 64 Drug and alcohol use: 11 Lower-risk group: 8

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