Sexual health messages through online social networking could reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) among homeless youth, according to a study published in AIDS and Behavior, PsychCentral reports. For the study, researchers surveyed 201 young people about their Internet habits and online social networks, including their online conversation topics. Questions also covered sexual risk behavior, STI testing history and HIV and other STI knowledge. The results showed that, among homeless youth, using social networks was associated with having more knowledge of HIV, STIs and prevention.

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