Factors Associated with HIV Testing among African American Female Adolescents in Juvenile Detention Centers

Puja Seth, Jerris Raiford, Ralph J. DiClemente

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Background: Little is known about sexual and psychosocial factors associated with HIV testing among detained African American female adolescents—an understudied group at risk for HIV. Methods: 188 detained African American female adolescents completed assessments on HIV testing, sexual risk behaviors, and psychosocial factors. Results: Unprotected vaginal sex, history of STI-positivity or pregnancy, higher STI knowledge, and lower partner availability were associated with a higher likelihood of ever being tested for HIV. Discussion: HIV testing is the gateway to important services for high-risk HIV-positive and HIV-negative adolescents. More research is needed to address barriers and to inform programmatic changes to increase testing among youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2010-2013
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016



  • Incarcerated
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • STIs
  • Testing
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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