Majority of African Americans Say United States Is "Losing Ground" in Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Survey Shows
August 5, 2004
Fifty-six percent of African Americans say that the United States is "losing ground" in the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation (Maltin, Cox/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 8/5). That is an increase of 18 percentage points since October 2003, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation release (Kaiser Family Foundation release, 8/4). Kaiser Family Foundation researchers designed the survey, titled "Survey of American on HIV/AIDS: Part Three -- Experiences and Opinions by Race/Ethnicity and Age," and analyzed the results. Princeton Survey Research Associates between March 15 and May 11 conducted phone interviews among a nationally representative sample of 2,902 respondents age 18 and older. The survey included an oversample of African-American and Latino respondents, and the results for all groups have been weighted to reflect their actual distribution in the nation ("Survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS: Part Three -- Experiences and Opinions by Race/Ethnicity and Age," August 2004). In comparison, 30% of Latinos and 33% of whites say that the United States is "losing ground" in the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to the survey. Overall, the public ranked HIV/AIDS as the second "most urgent health problem" in the United States behind cancer. However, 43% of African Americans, 31% of Latinos and 17% of whites ranked the disease as the most urgent problem.
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