Poll: Israelis Still Avoid Social Contact With HIV Carriers

The Israeli public still stigmatizes people with HIV/AIDS, with 48 percent of respondents in a new Israel AIDS Task Force poll saying they would not go to a dentist who also treats such patients, and 53 percent demanding that carriers make their condition known. The findings, said IATF, show that despite better drug treatments for people living with AIDS, patients and their families still need social support. AIDS is not only a physical disease but also a social disease, said the voluntary organization. Some 41 percent of the representative sample said they know that unprotected sex is the most likely means of infection, along with sharing needles. IATF released the survey results on the eve of Israel AIDS Week, which began Sunday and ends with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

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