A majority of women in racial and ethnic minority groups mistakenly believe that they have little or no risk of contracting AIDS, according to a new survey.
Dr. Dorothy I. Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women, which sponsored the study, said that was a "fearsome revelation," especially when combined with information from the survey showing that many minority women do not regularly receive medical care.
The survey questioned 1,157 women it classified as African-American, Asian, Hispanic and American Indian in urban areas on a range of health care topics.
Among the findings was that about 60 percent of the women said they believed there was no chance they would get the AIDS virus.
Still, the study found, more than 55 percent of black women feel they have no chance of getting infected, 75 percent of Hispanic women feel they have no risk, about 45 percent of Asian women feel they have none, and about 35 percent of American Indians feel risk-free.