Health Risks of Homeless Adolescents

  title={Health Risks of Homeless Adolescents},
  author={Lynn Rew},
  journal={Journal of Holistic Nursing},
  pages={348 - 359}
  • L. Rew
  • Published 1 December 1996
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Holistic Nursing
Although the exact number of homeless adolescents is unknown, it is estimated that this population may exceed 2 million. Literally living on the streets, homeless youth are at risk for a variety of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health problems. Many engage in "survival sex," exchanging sexual favors for necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. Such risky sexual behaviors make them vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired… 

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