Important Gaps in HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Among Young Asylum Seekers in Comparison to the General Population

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Tiittala , P , Kivelä , P , Liitsola , K , Ollgren , J , Pasanen , S , Vasankari , T & Ristola , M 2018 , ' Important Gaps in HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Among Young Asylum Seekers in Comparison to the General Population ' , Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health , vol. 20 , no. 6 , pp. 1415-1423 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-018-0707-8

Title: Important Gaps in HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Among Young Asylum Seekers in Comparison to the General Population
Author: Tiittala, Paula; Kivelä, Pia; Liitsola, Kirsi; Ollgren, Jukka; Pasanen, Sini; Vasankari, Tuula; Ristola, Matti
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki, Department of Medicine
University of Helsinki, Department of Medicine
Date: 2018-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
ISSN: 1557-1912
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/278323
Abstract: Migrants are disproportionately affected by HIV in many European countries, including Finland. We aimed to compare the HIV-related knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of young asylum seekers to those of the general young adult population. Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted among 20- to 25-year-old young adults: The TIE study among asylum seekers (n=47) and the World AIDS Day 2014 study among the general population (n=485). Important gaps in HIV KAP were identified especially among the young asylum seekers. For the general young adult population, previous HIV testing was associated with female gender, better HIV knowledge and increased sexual activity. Health education concerning HIV needs to be further enforced among young adults in Finland. Due to poorer HIV knowledge, young asylum seekers might be especially vulnerable to HIV. The asylum process is a window of opportunity for health education and HIV testing.
Subject: HIV
KAP
Testing
Asylum seeker
Young adult
IMMIGRANTS
MIGRANTS
DISEASES
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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