Chinese college students have poor knowledge of AIDS: survey
[Xinhua 23 March 2006]
BEIJING, March 23
(Xinhua) -- Just over 67 percent of Chinese college students have
accurate knowledge of HIV/AIDS, according to survey results released by
the Ministry of Health.
conducted recently by a research institute at the request of the
ministry, collected answers from 1,919 respondents in 24 colleges of 19
cities, said the ministry's information office.
According to the
survey, 76.3 percent of the college students are aware of how HIV/AIDS
is transmitted and 75.6 percent know how to prevent it.
contract the HIV virus through unprotected sex, which condom use can
prevent. Sharing of infected syringes has also spread the disease among
many drug addicts.
Only 57.8 percent
know the harm and risk of HIV/AIDS, (its almost certainly terminal) and
47.7 of the interviewees were aware of the simple test that can detect
HIV/AIDS prevention and control to college students is inadequate while
the demand for more knowledge from students is high, notes the survey.
showed that they still misunderstand and discriminate against people
living with HIV/AIDS and would avoid contact with them.
The survey also
indicates that public media does the best job of promoting awareness of
HIV/AIDS publicity, while campus publicity has little influence.
suggests that more reports, TV programs, films and internet sites should
reflecting the real life of people with AIDS/HIV be made available for
are a key target group of an awareness campaign on the prevention and
control of HIV/AIDS, Ministry of Health spokesman Mao Qun'an said.
has approximately 650,000 HIV infected people including around 75,000
AIDS patients, according to recent official estimates. Enditem