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“The only thing necessary for these diseases to the triumph is for good people and governments to do nothing.”

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AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes

 

Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 46

Percent of persons 18 years old and over with selected AIDS knowledge and attitudes, by selected characteristics: 1992

 

                                               Age           Sex           Years of school

                                            ------------ ------------      completed

       AIDS knowledge or attitude    Total  18-29 30-49             

                                            years years   Male Female Less than   12   More than

                                                                      12 years  years  12 years

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Total                                 100    100   100    100   100       100     100      100

 

How much would you say you know

 about AIDS?

  A lot............................     26     31    31     26    27        14      23       36

  Some.............................   45     50    50     45    45        32      48       49

  A little.........................     21     17    17     22    20        32      24       13

  Nothing..........................    7      2     3      7     7        22       5        2

  Don't know.......................  0      0     0      0     0         0       0        0

 

AIDS is an infectious disease

 caused by a virus.

  True.............................     85     92    90     87    83        75      85       91

  False............................      4      3     4      4     5         4       5        4

  Don't know.......................10      5     6      9    12        21      10        5

 

AIDS can reduce the body's natural

 protection against disease.

  True.............................     87     90    92     88    86        68      87       96

  False............................      3      3     3      3     4         6       4        2

  Don't know......................10      7     6      9    10        26       9        3

 

Have you ever discussed AIDS with

 any of your children 10-17 years

 of age?

  Yes..............................     75     55    76     64    84        64      74       79

  No...............................     25     43    23     35    16        36      25       20

 

Have any or all of your children

 10-17 years of age had instruction

 at school about AIDS?

  Yes..............................     76     64    77     72    80        72      77       78

  No...............................      8     20     8      7    10         9       8        8

  Don't know......................15     15    15     20    10        19      15       14

 

 


What are your chances of getting

 the AIDS virus?

  High.............................       1      1     1      1     0         1       1        1

  Medium...........................   3      5     3      3     3         3       3        3

  Low..............................     29     38    33     31    27        17      26       37

  None.............................     64     53    60     62    67        72      68       57

  Don't know.......................   3      2     3      3     3         6       3        2

  N/A-High chance of already

   having the AIDS virus........0      1     1      0     1         1       0        0

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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Advance Data, no. 225 and no. 243.

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