HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing among high-risk youths: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT) youth center

Katie Plax, Jane Garbutt, Gaurav N. Kaushik

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Abstract

Objectives. We investigated the development of and service utilization at Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT)- A community-based health and social service facility in St. Louis, Missouri, for youths that focuses on increasing HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Methods. We identified the US-based, co-located youth health and social service models that guided the establishment of the SPOT. We analyzed the first 5 years (2008-2013) of service delivery and utilization data. Results. During the study period, the SPOT provided services for 8233 youths in 37 480 visits. The 5 most utilized services included HIV and STI screening, food, transportation, contraception, and casemanagement. A total of 9812 gonorrhea and chlamydia screenings revealed 1379 (14.1%) cases of chlamydia and 437 (4.5%) cases of gonorrhea, and 5703 HIV tests revealed 59 HIV infections (1.0%); 93.0% of patients found to have an STIwere treated within a 5-day window. Conclusions. Co-locating health and social services in informal community settings attracts high-risk youths to utilize services and can prove instrumental in reducing STI burden in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1394-1398
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume105
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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