Formative Research for Interventions among Adolescents at High Risk for Gonorrhea and Other STDs

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The gonorrhea infection rate among 15–19 year olds during 1993–1994 in an urban Upstate New York community was nearly twice the national norm. More than 50% of all the gonorrhea cases were concentrated in eight census tracts. This study was conducted to provide data regarding sexually transmitted diseases among high risk adolescents to increase successful public health interventions. The methodology consisted of six focus groups and a self-administered survey. The results determined the extent of accurate knowledge, their risk behaviors and beliefs, the barriers to treatment, and suggested interventions for clinic services and health education.

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