Why Aren't We Worrying About HIV Anymore?
The survey suggests that:
- Fewer Americans consider HIV an urgent health problem.
- Only 17 percent of people aged 18-29 (those traditionally the most sexually active) reported that they were personally very concerned about becoming infected with HIV.
- In spite of HIV rates being seven times higher among African Americans, personal concern about HIV has decreased in this population.
- More than half of people aged 18-29 have not been tested for HIV, in spite of the fact that the CDC now recommends HIV testing for all adults.
- Although 44 percent of the 2,554 adults surveyed reported that they would be comfortable with a coworker who had HIV, 51 percent would be uncomfortable having their food prepared by someone who was HIV positive.
- One-third of the people surveyed incorrectly believed that HIV could be transmitted by sharing a glass of water; touching a toilet seat; or swimming in a pool with an HIV positive person.
- 18 percent believed there was a cure for HIV and 24 percent believed there was a vaccine available to prevent HIV.