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.
- Risky sexual behavior
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases