Development of an Adolescent HIV/STD Risk-of-Exposure Screen Instrument
The goal of this 5-year NIH-funded study is to develop a valid, brief adolescent-appropriate screen for HIV/STD risk configured like the widely used 10-scale POSIT (Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers) questionnaire. When developed, the POSIT-HIV/STD Risk Screen will be available in English- and Spanish-language versions. NOVA also received an international supplement for collaboration with South African researchers to develop a validated POSIT-HIV/STD Risk Screen for Afrikaans-speaking adolescents. Eventually, language- and culturally appropriate versions will be made available to all South African youth potentially at risk for HIV/STD infection.