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A Call to Develop Evidence-based Interventions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections in Juvenile Justice Populations
Gates, M. L.,
Webb, N. C.,
Braithwaite, R. L.
Year Published: 2016
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue: 2, May 2016 Supplement
Special Issue: Public Health and Incarceration: Social Justice Matters
Sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV, are a significant health issue for young women (ages 16–21), especially African Americans with a juvenile justice history. Moreover, young African American women with detention histories have higher rates of STIs and are diagnosed with mental health issues more often than their non-detained peers. Despite this, there are few evidence-based interventions (EBIs) designed specifically for detained population, and many EBIs have had limited or no long-term protective effect among these young women. These authors propose that interventions which focus on the interrelated factors of mental health, substance use, trauma, and intimate relationships can effectively decrease high risk sexual behaviors and increase protective behaviors among young African American women with a juvenile detention history. Modified Author Abstract.