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Macro-Level Approaches to HIV Prevention Among Ethnic Minority Youth
  • Published Date:
    2013 May-Jun
  • Source:
    Am Psychol. 2013; 68(4):286-299.
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Details:
  • Pubmed ID:
    23688095
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC3771582
  • Funding:
    P30 AI073961/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
    P30 DA027828/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    P30AI073961/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
    P30DA027828/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    R01 DA025192/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    R01DA025192/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    U01PS0000671/PS/NCHHSTP CDC HHS/United States
    UL1 TR000460/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
    UL1TR000460/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
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  • Description:
    The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately affect ethnic minority youth. These disconcerting health disparities indicate that although existing HIV preventive strategies for ethnic minority youth have been efficacious, they have not significantly reduced the impact of the epidemic in this population. Macro-level interventions, such as structural or policy interventions, have the potential to impact the HIV epidemic at a population level, and thus reduce the HIV health disparities that exist among ethnic minority youth and other segments of the U.S. population. This article calls for a paradigm shift to develop, evaluate, and disseminate interventions that target upstream/macro-level factors or that, at a minimum, integrate both a macro and individual level perspective. The article also discusses the challenges in developing and evaluating such interventions. Psychologists and other behavioral scientists can play a critical role in reducing the impact of HIV on ethnic minority youth by integrating macro-level approaches to future HIV prevention strategies.