A Study of the Quantitative Assessment of the Perception of Youth HIV Youth Services
Quienton L. Nichols

This study identified the prevention and care service needs for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected youth living in the northern and southern regions of the state of Georgia. It examined care service utilization by mode of exposure of HIV positive youth ages 13 to 24, as well as the perception that of their parents/guardians. The study examined the statistically significant relationship between youth’s mode of exposure relative to perceived utilization of social support services and medical services. It employed a mixed method exploratory research design inclusive of qualitative and quantitative data collection; however, this article will discuss only the quantitative results of the social support and medical services. Quantitative data were collected by participants at the conclusion of twelve focus groups and in-depth individual interviews with a sample size of 29. Interviews were conducted from November 2006 to January 2007 in five cities located in the state of Georgia. Findings suggest the need for more HIV peer counselors and peer groups for HIV positive youth ages 13 to 24.

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