Perceived peer safer sex norms and sexual risk behaviors among substance-using latino adolescents

Farzana Kapadia, Victoria Frye, Sebastian Bonner, Patricia J. Emmanuel, Cathryn L. Samples, Mary H. Latka

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Abstract

We investigated the association between perceived peer norms and safer sexual behaviors among substance using Latino youth. Between 2005 and 2006, cross-sectional data were collected from 92 Latino adolescents recruited from clinic- and community-based settings in two U.S. cities. Separate multivariate logistic regression models were used to assess the relationship between perceived peer norms around safer sex and two different outcomes: Consistent condom use and multiple sexual partnerships. Among these participants, perceived peer norms encouraging safer sex were associated with consistent condom use even after controlling for individualand partner-related factors. Perceived peer norms supporting safer sex were inversely associated with recently having two or more sexual partners after controlling for demographic characteristics. Perceived peer norms around safer sexual behavior contribute to a lower likelihood of engaging in two HIV/STI risk behaviors: inconsistent condom use and multiple partnering. These findings suggest that further development of peer-based interventions for Latino youth is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-40
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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