Pregnancy, Not High-risk Behavior, Predictor of STD Testing Among Newly Homeless Youth

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

In the first study of its kind focusing on newly homeless youth, UCLA researchers have found that high-risk sexual behavior did not predict whether these youths were tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Instead, they were tested only when someone became pregnant or got someone pregnant.

The findings, to be published in the May issue of the peer-reviewed journal AIDS and Behavior, indicate that there is an urgent need for outreach programs targeting sexually active homeless youths

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