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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Most Fear Spread of Disease
Sternberg, Steve
June 16, 1999
USA Today (06/16/99) P. 5A

A study sponsored by the Global Health Council (GHC) reveals that nearly 85 percent of Americans fear the global spread of AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis, among other infectious diseases. In addition, 90 percent of respondents agree that fighting a disease at its source is the best approach, while 85 percent say that vaccines are critical. Nearly half of all Americans say they know someone with AIDS, TB, hepatitis, or malaria, and 54 percent consider themselves knowledgeable about global infectious diseases. Also, over 80 percent of respondents see AIDS as a greater threat today than it was 10 years ago, while 42 percent and 65 percent consider TB and hepatitis as growing problems, respectively. GHC officials say the survey shows that Americans are more concerned with health issues than politicians seem to believe.