ERIC Number: ED334149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
1989 Student Survey Results: HIV-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors. Summary.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
In 1989, the Colorado Department of Education, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control, administered the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (AIDS/HIV) Student Survey to randomly selected Colorado students (1,851), excluding the Denver Public Schools, grades 9-12. The sample was fairly equally divided by gender and grade level, with older students representing 95 percent of the sample, but it was overrepresentative of white/non-Hispanic students (83 percent). The survey revealed that Colorado students are interested in and informed about AIDS/HIV infection, although substantial proportions had not received instruction in it in school. Only 46 percent knew where to get tested for HIV infection. Students were generally willing to associate with AIDS/HIV infected students. Nearly all students were aware that a person can become infected from sharing needles used to inject drugs, that an infected person can infect someone else during sexual intercourse, that one can contract AIDS/HIV infection by having sexual intercourse without a condom. Ninety percent knew that a pregnant woman who has AIDS/HIV infection can infect her unborn baby with the virus; 91 percent knew that there is currently no cure for the infection. The majority of students knew that one cannot get AIDS/HIV infection from using public toilets or from being in class with infected individuals. Despite this level of information, student sexual behaviors remain a serious concern. Also, about half the students have some misconceptions about sources of AIDS/HIV infection (e.g., blood tests and mosquito bites). (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.