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Implications for HIV Prevention: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adolescents in Urban South Africa Are at Increased Risk of Living With HIV

Miller, Cari L. PhD*; Dietrich, Janan MA; Nkala, Busisiwe MA†‡; Palmer, Alexis MPH; Hogg, Robert S. PhD; Tshabalala, Celokuhle; Makongoza, Matamela BA; Kanters, Steve MSc*; Kaida, Angela PhD*; Gray, Glenda MBBCH, FCPAED

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: June 2013 - Volume 32 - Issue 6 - p e263–e264
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31828b28f1
HIV Reports

Among adolescents (14–19 years) in Soweto, South Africa, 14% (4/29) who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual (3 female and 1 male) reported living with HIV compared with only 2.3% (8/350) who identified as heterosexual (P = 0.002). These data indicate an urgent need to utilize evidence-based strategies to support access to HIV prevention education and services for lesbian, gay and bisexual youth.

From the *Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada; Perinatal HIV Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand, Chris Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg; Kganya Motsha Adolescent Centre, Kliptown, South Africa; and §BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, British Columbia, Canada.

Accepted for publication February 01, 2013.

The study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Human Development, Child and Youth Health: 230513. Initial seed funding was provided by Simon Fraser University through a President Research Award to C.L.M. The authors have no other funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Cari L. Miller, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Blusson Hall, Room 11300 8888 University Drive Burnaby, BC,V5A 1S6. E-mail:

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