HIV Knowledge among Justice- Involved Young Men Participating in a Group Educational and Behavioral Intervention at Rikers Island

HIV infection among people in U.S. prisons was five times greater than among people not incarcerated. Youth and young adults accounted for 26% of new infections, with most being among gay and bisexual men (72%) and young Black men (57%). Correctional Health Services at Rikers Island is implementing a group intervention for young minority men (YMM) at to improve HIV knowledge and address risks. Among 59 justice-involved men, pre- intervention HIV knowledge (measured using the HIV-KQ-18 questionnaire) score was 12.8/18 and post-intervention 16.3/18. Preliminary analyses show low knowledge in effectiveness of condom materials and HIV transmission including maternal-to-child transmission. Most knowledge areas improved significantly at post-intervention

This paper will discuss preliminary findings of a HIV intervention for YMM who are at risk for HIV.

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Janet Wiersema, MPH
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