Findings from the analyses show that street youth have high rates of STIs and blood-borne infections. Examination of subgroups within the street youth sample, such as injection drug users, reveals a particularly disturbing prevalence of some infectious agents, for example the hepatitis C virus. High-risk sexual behaviours such as infrequent condom use, and high numbers of sexual partners were also found within this population, as were concerning levels of substance use.
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