Singapore Health Board Releases Results From HIV/AIDS Survey
October 17, 2008
Singapore's Health Promotion Board recently released the results of an HIV/AIDS survey conducted last year, AsiaOne reports. The survey was conducted among 1,768 people ages 18 to 69 and asked participants about their awareness of HIV prevention, primarily concerning abstinence, fidelity and condom use. According to the survey, 80.4% of participants were aware of at least two of the three ways to prevent HIV, and 36.6% were aware of all three (AsiaOne, 10/16). The level of awareness was lowest among people ages 18 to 29, according to Channel NewsAsia (Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia, 10/16).
Although 68% of survey participants said that HIV cannot be transmitted by sharing a meal with an HIV-positive person, 22.4% said that they would do so. In addition, 18.2% of respondents said that they would buy food from a person living with the virus. Fifty-four percent of participants said that they would provide care for a family member living with HIV (Channel NewsAsia, 10/16).
To address the situation, the health board plans to implement various HIV/AIDS education campaigns to combat stigma and curb the spread of the virus (Straits Times, 10/16). It also plans to emphasize early HIV testing and detecting in addition to the ABC approach (Chai Chin, Today, 10/17).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.