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GAYET, Cecilia; ROSAS, Carolina A.; MAGIS, Carlos  and  URIBE, Patricia. With whom do Mexican teenagers talk about AIDS?. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2002, vol.44, n.2, pp.122-128. ISSN 0036-3634.

Objective. To establish whether certain characteristics of the young influence their choice of people with whom to discuss AIDS. Material and Methods. A national survey was conducted in 1997 by the Consejo Nacional para la Prevención y Control del SIDA (CONASIDA, Mexican Council for AIDS Prevention and Control). Study subjects were 4886 male and female 15-19 year-old teenagers. Multinomial logistic regression was used to analyze data. Results. A model including the variables sex, sexual activity, work conditions, and father's schooling level, turned out to be significant and highly predictive of people with whom teenagers discuss AIDS, as compared to teenagers speaking with no one. Male teenagers discuss AIDS with their fathers more than female teenagers, and female teenagers discuss AIDS more with their mothers. Sexually active teenagers discuss AIDS more with their friends and less with their teachers than sexually inactive teenagers. The greater schooling level the father has, the more people teenagers have with whom to discuss AIDS and the more they discuss AIDS at home, compared to teenagers with fathers without schooling. Conclusions. Differentiated sexual education training strategies should be designed in accordance with subpopulations' characteristics.

Keywords : adolescence; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; sex education; Mexico.

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