Whether they "come out" or hide their sexual orientation, most gay and lesbian youth experience the effects of prejudice and stigmatization emanating from society's homophobia. Having to cope with a disparaging and oppressive society creates unique stresses and developmental variations in identity development that are cofactors for HIV infection and disease. These cofactors include cognitive, emotional, and social isolation; feelings of alienation and despair; suicidal ideation; alcohol and other substance abuse; and furtive sexual contacts. Nurses and other providers need to be informed about these cofactors so they may provide meaningful HIV/AIDS prevention education to gay and lesbian youth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC|
|State||Published - Jan 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing