AIDS Prevention among Gay and Lesbian Youth

Psychosocial Stress and Health Care Intervention Guidelines
  • Ritch C. Savin-Williams
  • Rand E. Lenhart


A forgotten, largely invisible minority in twentieth-century society is the gay adolescent. This condition is changing fairly rapidly, primarily in urban and collegiate areas, as increasing numbers of youth are claiming a sexual identity other than the heterosexual one traditionally assumed and desired by society and its agents. These gay and lesbian adolescents must, however, confront a hostile audience which disbelieves that one can be homosexual during adolescence. The premise of this chapter is that the psychosocial stresses that result from this denial may have profound medical consequences in the current reality of the AIDS epidemic.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Health Care Provider Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Sexual Identity Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ritch C. Savin-Williams
    • 1
  • Rand E. Lenhart
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Psychological ServicesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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