IMAGE: Senior author, Colette Auerswald, M.D., is a UCSF associate adjunct professor of pediatrics and director of the Masters in Medical Science program for the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program....
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"The presence of same-sex friendships and contacts living in stable homes seems to increase condom use," said senior author Colette Auerswald, MD, a UCSF associate adjunct professor of pediatrics and director of the Masters in Medical Science program for the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.
was based at the UCSF
Division of Adolescent Medicine of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
at the time of the study.
The data collected were part of the Street Youth in Social Environments study, a longitudinal NIH-funded study conducted by Auerswald
examining the relationships among street culture, social networks and STI/HIV risk in homeless youth in San Francisco.
This study builds on research that used the same sample of homeless youth in San Francisco to investigate the impact of social networks on shelter use among homeless youth.
Published in the June issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health
, the researchers found that street youth whose social networks included people who used shelters, increased the odds of their own shelter use over time.
"Together these studies suggest the value of designing social network-based interventions to improve the health of our city's marginally housed youth," said Auerswald