Illinois Youth & HIV/AIDS: Forum ’09

The Children’s Place Association & The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Young Latina Women in Chicago Fear HIV/AIDS Tests, Worry about Being Labeled as “Fast” Women

Posted by David Ormsby on February 24, 2009

(Chicago, IL) – Young Latina women in Chicago fear getting an HIV/AIDS test out of concern that they may be labeled negatively as “fast” women, according to a new report.

That finding and more will be released at the 2nd Annual Illinois Youth and HIV/AIDS Forum in Chicago on February 27.

The forum —”HIV/AIDS Prevention and Youth: Abstinence or Condoms? Cell Phone Texts or Peers? Messages and Messengers that Make a Difference” — will be held on February 27, 2009 at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 East Randolph from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The new report—focus group research that examines the attitudes of Chicago youth and to be presented by Dr. Dexter Voisin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration—will include other key findings:

  • Young Black Men in Chicago Tend to Distrust Most Sources of Information on HIV/AIDS, such as Black TV stations like BET, Public Health Agencies, and Certain Celebrities
  • Media forms have a gender bias—young women respond to storylines, young men respond to celebrities and billboards.
  • Whites seemed to get most of their information from, and are most strongly influenced by, medical and public health authorities, as well as from biology and sex-ed lessons at school.
  • Celebrities and more popular media forms appear to be less consequential media formats for whites than they are for blacks and Latinos.
  • All groups reported a significant reduction in the intensity, range, and the length of media messages on HIV prevention and testing over the last 5 years.

The Children’s Place Association and The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will host the forum.


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