Enhanced Surveillance of Canadian Street Youth

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: health, sexually transmitted infection, youth, homeless, sexual health

Principal Investigator: DeViller, Karen (1)
Licence Number: 13469
Organization: Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority
Licenced Year(s): 2003
Issued: Jun 27, 2003
Project Team: Greg Krivd

Objective(s): Street youth are a priority for sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention programs, but reliable data on STD prevalence, trends, characteristics and behaviour of high-risk youth are scarce. Through data collection and analysis, this study, which is part of a Canada-wide program, will provide information on the sexual health and sexual behaviours of street youth which is essential for developing appropriate and effective disease prevention programs. The objectives are: (1) to report the prevalence rates and examine trends of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other blood borne pathogens (BBPs) within the street youth population at a local, regional and national level; (2) to investigate the epidemiology patterns and associated risk factors; and (3) to fill in geographical gaps and increase representation in data by adding more youth in testing, treatment and the provision of information around STIs and BBPs. This portion of the study will take place in the City of Yellowknife. Information will be collected from participants through two visits with a research nurse and will involve a questionnaire and lab testing. Participation is completely voluntary and medical records and results from this study will be kept strictly confidential.