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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 46


Indicator 46. AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes


Percent of persons 18 years old and over with selected AIDS knowledge and attitudes, by selected characteristics: 1992

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                                               Age           Sex           Years of school
                                            ------------ ------------      completed
       AIDS knowledge or attitude    Total  18-29 30-49               --------------------------
                                            years years   Male Female Less than   12   More than
                                                                      12 years  years  12 years
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Total                                  100    100   100    100   100       100     100      100

How much would you say you know
 about AIDS?
  A lot............................     26     31    31     26    27        14      23       36
  Some.............................     45     50    50     45    45        32      48       49
  A little.........................     21     17    17     22    20        32      24       13
  Nothing..........................      7      2     3      7     7        22       5        2
  Don't know.......................      0      0     0      0     0         0       0        0

AIDS is an infectious disease
 caused by a virus.
  True.............................     85     92    90     87    83        75      85       91
  False............................      4      3     4      4     5         4       5        4
  Don't know.......................     10      5     6      9    12        21      10        5

AIDS can reduce the body's natural
 protection against disease.
  True.............................     87     90    92     88    86        68      87       96
  False............................      3      3     3      3     4         6       4        2
  Don't know.......................     10      7     6      9    10        26       9        3

Have you ever discussed AIDS with
 any of your children 10-17 years
 of age?
  Yes..............................     75     55    76     64    84        64      74       79
  No...............................     25     43    23     35    16        36      25       20

Have any or all of your children
 10-17 years of age had instruction
 at school about AIDS?
  Yes..............................     76     64    77     72    80        72      77       78
  No...............................      8     20     8      7    10         9       8        8
  Don't know.......................     15     15    15     20    10        19      15       14

What are your chances of getting
 the AIDS virus?
  High.............................      1      1     1      1     0         1       1        1
  Medium...........................      3      5     3      3     3         3       3        3
  Low..............................     29     38    33     31    27        17      26       37
  None.............................     64     53    60     62    67        72      68       57
  Don't know.......................      3      2     3      3     3         6       3        2
  N/A-High chance of already
   having the AIDS virus...........      0      1     1      0     1         1       0        0
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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Advance Data, no. 225 and no. 243.

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