Communication About Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Rural and Urban Native American Youth

Rouner, D.,
Long, M.,
Bubar, R.,
Vernon, I.,
Aungie, B.
Year Published: 2015
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Howard Journal of Communications
Volume: 26

Issue: 2
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

These authors explored health communication about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS among rural and urban Native American youth. Using a community-participatory based research approach, they conducted semistructured interviews to better understand these youth in their cultural contexts. Findings show that participants preferred pamphlets as their sexual health information source. They trusted interpersonal more than mediated sources, yet noted a lack of confidentiality from health officials. Although knowledgeable about types of STIs and HIV/AIDS, participants were not well informed about symptoms and treatments and exhibited a false awareness of self-knowledge. They showed a strong sense of community, and were interested in helping younger people in health prevention. Nearly all the young people engaged in sexual behaviors, frequently along with alcohol and drugs. Females were more likely than males to associate alcohol with sex and violence among rural Native American youth but not among urban youth. Modified Author Abstract.

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