HIV-related stigma among african-american youth in the northeast and southeast US

Jelani C. Kerr, Robert F. Valois, Ralph J. Diclemente, Faith Fletcher, Michael P. Carey, Daniel Romer, Peter A. Vanable, Naomi Farber

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HIV-related stigma inhibits optimal HIV prevention and treatment among African-Americans. Regional differences in HIV/AIDS prevalence may be related to stigma among young African-Americans. Baseline data (N = 1,606) from an HIV prevention intervention were used to investigate regional differences in HIV-related stigma and knowledge among African-American adolescents in four midsized cities in the Northeastern and Southeastern US. Analyses indicated greater HIV-related stigma among adolescents from the Southeast relative to adolescents from the Northeast (F = 22.23; p>0.0001). Linear regression indicated a negative relationship between HIV stigma and HIV knowledge (b = -0.65; p>0.0001). Addressing HIV/AIDS in high prevalence locales should include efforts to reduce HIV-related stigma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1063-1067
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Adolescence
  • HIV
  • Regional differences
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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