Understanding HIV and STI Prevention for LGBT College Students
This chapter examines the distinct psychosocial issues of community college students as they relate to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission rates and offer prevention strategies for community colleges to promote sexual health and prevent new infections among their diverse student bodies. Community colleges, technical colleges, and junior colleges serve a vital and unique function in post-secondary education. Because community colleges tend to have open admissions policies, they are attractive to students of varied academic backgrounds and abilities. Financial constraints can be a barrier for students to attend college, but the relatively affordable costs of attendance can grant access to post-secondary education to students from lower socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. Community colleges enroll students of all ages, genders, racial/ethnic identities, sexual identities and varying behavioral risk-taking attributes, including alcohol and drug use.