Adolescent and young adult understanding of the differences between chlamydia, HIV, and AIDS
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Quantitative Health Sciences
Meyers Primary Care Institute
Department of Pediatrics
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Health Services Research
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AbstractOBJECTIVE: To explore young people's understanding of the differences between Chlamydia, HIV, and AIDS. METHODS. Participants from a hospital-based adolescent clinic completed a self-administered written survey. Three questions assessed participants' understanding of the differences between Chlamydia, HIV, and AIDS. RESULTS: Nearly half of the 119 participants selected "No" or "Don't know" when asked if there are differences between Chlamydia and HIV and between HIV and AIDS. Increasing age was associated with correct response. CONCLUSIONS: A large proportion of youth in this sample did not know that there are differences between Chlamydia, HIV, and AIDS. Previous research suggests that some young people are afraid to be screened for Chlamydia because they fear that a Chlamydia diagnosis has the same ramifications as an AIDS diagnosis. Findings from this study indicate that more education about the differences between Chlamydia, HIV, and AIDS is needed.
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Apr;52(4):351-4. doi: 10.1177/0009922813479162. Link to article on publisher's site
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Medical student James Anderson participated in this study as part of the Senior Scholars research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.