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Straight talk and cocktails: young people's awareness levels regarding HIV, heterosexual risk and the role of alcohol and non-injectable drugs.

Serpelloni G, Donini S, Tognetto C, Lovati R, Turrini G, Austin D; International Conference on AIDS.

Int Conf AIDS. 1993 Jun 6-11;9:797 (abstract no. PO-D02-3475).

Gruppo C Network Italiano-Sezione di Screening HIV, ULSS 25 Regione Veneto, Verona.

OBJECTIVES: 1) Acquire information regarding the tipology of those attending summer rock concerts; 2) determine the specific awareness levels pertaining to HIV infection among young people; 3) determine possible knowledge gaps useful for the implementation of future information campaigns. METHODOLOGY: A questionnaire consisting of 25 items was administered to 6,000 individuals attending summer rock festivals. RESULTS: The results presented are taken from a preliminary statistical elaboration of 3.30 questionnaires. 80% of respondents were between 15 and 30 years of age: 43.7% of the respondents were female and 56.3% male. Education levels were as follows: elementary 1.2%, jr. high 26.9%, sr. high 53%, university 14.8% and other types of training 4.1%. No significant knowledge differences were registered between the two genders. 21.6% of the respondents had signalled penetrative sexual relations with occasional partners in the preceding 12 months. 70% of the respondents erroneously felt that use of cocaine, crack or alcohol did not consitute a risk behavior for acquisItion of HIV .29% of the respondents felt that HIV could be transmitted through kissing or expressed doubts regarding the safety of said practice. 32% of the respondents felt that unprotected sex with occasional partners was risky only if the partner was a drug user. Only 48% of the respondents felt that it was necessary to use a condom during oral sex with occasional partners. CONCLUSIONS: Preliminary findings are sufficient to underline the importance of orienting new prevention campaigns which will highlight risks related to non-injectable drug use or alcoholic intake (in certain contexts). Risk related to heterosexual activities is still underestimated and needs to be highlighted.

Publication Types:

  • Meeting Abstracts


  • Adolescent
  • Alcoholism
  • Awareness
  • Condoms
  • Female
  • HIV Infections
  • HIV Seropositivity
  • Heterosexuality
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Male
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Unsafe Sex
  • Young Adult

Other ID:

  • 93337397
  • ICA9/93337397

General Notes:

  • Meeting held in: Germany

NLM Unique ID: 9870004
UI: 102206776
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