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Poll on HIV/AIDS connected matters in Latvia.


Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1020 (abstract no. 60109). Unique Identifier :

ISSUE: The information about the level of population knowledge on HIV/AIDS connected matters and ways how they have learned about it is very important for restricting HIV/AIDS infection in the society. PROJECT: Population poll on HIV/AIDS matters was realised as part of UNAIDS Theme group project. Poll was performed and data analysed was made by Latvijas Datu Nams. The poll took place from 16 October till 2 November 1997. It covered all territory of Latvia and 1010 men and 1011 women were polled at their homes. The method of poll was interview. Interviewer filled the questionnaire by himself. Questionnaire had 42 question about HIV/AIDS origin, transferring, sexual life of respondent, how they have got knowledge of it. RESULTS: People have learned about HIV/AIDS mainly from mass media (TV, magazines, newspapers). About 3/4 of population are quite well informed about AIDS, it's origin and ways of infection. However many of them do not use preventive measures during sex. People are quite suspicious about possible infection during medical treatment (44-55%). Many people are not tolerant to HIV/AIDS patients and want their isolation from social life. LESSONS LEARNED: We advise widely use mass media to spread information about preventive measures of HIV/AIDS in order to restrict infection in Latvia. More attention should be paid to development of human attitude to HIV infection.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/ TRANSMISSION Female Health Education Health Surveys Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION *Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Latvia Male *Public Opinion Risk Factors Sex Behavior


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