Lack Of HIV/AIDS Awareness Widespread In Singapore

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A lack ofbasic knowledge about HIV/AIDS is widespread in Singapore despite public awarenesscampaigns about the disease, according to a recent survey conducted by World Vision, the Straits Times/EarthTimes.org reports. The survey was initiatedon World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2007, the Straits Times/EarthTimes.org reports.

According to the survey, one-third of the 705 survey respondents said theybelieve HIV can be transmitted through mosquito bites and kissing. More thanhalf of the survey respondents also said they did not know HIV can betransmitted through breastmilk. In addition, half of the respondents said theywould be uncomfortable around a person living with HIV/AIDS. Although mostrespondents said they knew the virus cannot be spread by sharing food, morethan 50% said they would be reluctant to eat with someone who was HIV-positive,the survey found.

The surveyalso found that one in 11 people said he or she would not take an HIV test evenif being HIV-positive was a possibility. More than 80% of the respondents saidthey knew condoms can prevent HIV transmission, the survey found. Elaine Tan,executive director of World VisionSingapore, saidthat the survey results "show there is a need to sensitize people toHIV/AIDS before it becomes a silent pandemic" (Tan, StraitsTimes/EarthTimes.org, 2/2).

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