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Young Adults Have Low Knowledge of Risky Sexual Behavior, Study Reveals

Nov 25, 2019

Young adults have low knowledge of risky sexual behavior, study reveals

Trillium Health HIV/AIDS expert Dr. William Valenti is available for interviews on this topic

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK (Monday, Nov. 25, 2019)—Dr. William Valenti of Trillium Health will provide his perspective on study results released today by Merck and Prevention Access Campaign—a health equity initiative to end the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV-related stigma.

WHAT: A nationally recognized Rochester expert’s perspective on the study

WHO: William Valenti, M.D.

Senior Vice President for Strategic Advancement, Chief of Innovation, Co-Founder, and Staff Physician, Trillium Health

Chair, Infectious Diseases Committee, Medical Society of the State of New York

Member, New York State's Task Force to End the HIV Epidemic by 2020

WHERE: Trillium Health, 259 Monroe Ave., Rochester

WHEN: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25; Other times available by request.

Among the findings:

  • Despite no risk of HIV transmission through casual contact, more than one quarter (28%, 209/743) of HIV-negative millennials said they have avoided hugging, talking to or being friends with someone with HIV, and 30% (222/743) said they would prefer not to interact socially with someone with HIV.
  • Thirty-nine percent (50/127) of Gen Z and 28% (176/623) of millennials said they have trouble forming new romantic or sexual relationships due to their HIV-positive status, and 84% (58/69) of Gen Z and 65% (178/272) of millennials abstaining from sex do so because of their HIV status.
  • When asked about methods of protection that HIV-negative respondents were using to protect themselves from HIV and other STIs, more than half (54%, 456/846) did not report using condoms or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

About Trillium Health

As a community health center, Trillium Health's mission is to promote health equity by providing affordable and extraordinary primary and specialty health care and supportive services in Rochester, New York, and a nine-county service area. Our comprehensive model of care ensures health care for people from all backgrounds. Trillium Health focuses on breaking down barriers to care for underserved communities and is LGBTQ-affirming, making health care accessible for all. We offer primary and specialty care, testing, and treatment for HIV, Hepatitis C, and STDs, PrEP and PEP, an on-site diagnostic laboratory at our Monroe Avenue location, community health outreach programming, care management, on-site pharmacy services, harm reduction efforts and more. In addition to our 259 Monroe Square medical hub, Trillium Health’s umbrella of services includes Trillium Health at 170 Science Parkway, home to Pathway Pediatrics, a division of Trillium Health, and the Center for Gynecological Care & Wellness. Serving LGBTQ communities of color, the MOCHA Center, with locations in Buffalo and Rochester, connects LGBTQ people of color with events and programs that promote healthy, sex-positive living. To learn more, visit or Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram