ERIC Number: ED306503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes, Provisional Data from the National Health Interview Survey: United States, August 1987. Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics. No. 146.
Dawson, Deborah A.; And Others
This document presents provisional data for all Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) questionnaire items from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for August 1987. It notes that the AIDS questionnaire was designed to provide baseline estimates of public knowledge and attitudes about AIDS transmission, the prevention of AIDS virus infection, and changes in knowledge and attitudes over time. A section on selected findings reports that over 99% of respondents had heard of AIDS; 89% were certain that AIDS leads to death; 83% were certain there is no cure for AIDS; over 90% were aware of AIDS transmission through sexual contact with a person with AIDS or through sharing a needle for drug use with someone having AIDS; over 70% had heard about blood tests for AIDS; 90% felt they personally had no chance or a low chance of getting AIDS; and almost 90% realized that both celibacy and restricting sexual activity to a monogamous relationship with a person who did not have AIDS were effective ways to avoid the virus. Table 1 displays provisional estimates of the percentage distributions of persons 18 years of age and over by response categories according to age, gender, race, and marital status. In most cases, the actual question asked of the respondent is reproduced verbatim in table 1, along with the response categories. In a few cases, questions or response categories have been rephrased or combined. Results are discussed concerning respondents' awareness of AIDS, self-perceived knowledge about AIDS, general knowledge about AIDS, transmission of AIDS, blood tests for AIDS, risk of getting AIDS, AIDS prevention, and AIDS discussion and education. (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.