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UIC psychologist aims to reduce risky sexual behavior among African American girls
Date:6/8/2010

itoring, communication, and parental attachment are associated with delays in sexual intercourse among adolescents, Kapungu said. "There really hasn't been empirical work in implementing faith- and family-based HIV interventions."

Although African Americans are 13 percent of the U.S. population, they experience 59 percent of the HIV/AIDS cases in the country, according to the CDC.

"The church has been an untapped resource within the HIV prevention field and can have a potentially important role in educating young people about sexuality and HIV," Kapungu said. "Worldwide, faith-based organizations have focused on secondary prevention, counseling and support for infected individuals and peer education groups, but less on primary prevention."


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Contact: Sherri McGinnis Gonzlez
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University of Illinois at Chicago
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