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Adolescent, STI/HIV prevention, Prevention programs



  1. Kelly, Patricia J. PhD, MPH, RN, FNP
  2. Lesser, Janna PhD, RN
  3. Smoots, Alexandria MS, FNP


Successful HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention programs are not "one size fits all." To effectively meet the HIV/STI prevention needs of all adolescents, programs should be developmentally and gender specific, should integrate an understanding of racial/ethnic culture, and should be open to variations in sexual expression. Nurse researchers have demonstrated the importance of these differences in programs, and this article offers concrete suggestions for ways to apply this knowledge in community programs.