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Author Topic: HIV myths and inaccuracies survey UK  (Read 1759 times)

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Offline Jim Allen

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HIV myths and inaccuracies survey UK
« on: December 01, 2016, 11:36:37 am »
Once in a while the media does not do a bad job  :). Good source of the information for once i suppose ...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2305031/you-cant-catch-it-from-a-toothbrush-or-kissing-and-being-hiv-positive-isnt-a-death-sentence-say-the-experts/

The YouGov survey, which studied 2,000 people and coincides with World AIDS Day, reveals the extent to which myths and inaccuracies about HIV are still prevalent in Great Britain.

It found that one in five Brits think the HIV virus can be transmitted by kissing, while 30 per cent think that sharing a toothbrush with someone who’s HIV positive can also cause infection.

Likewise, one in 10 think that it can be transmitted by sharing scissors or clippers at the hairdressers.

But, the virus does not survive outside the body and cannot be passed through saliva or skin-to-skin contact – meaning it is impossible to transmit the virus in these ways.

However, in addition, the survey also revealed public perceptions do not reflect how far HIV treatment itself has come in the past 30 years.

Currently, effective medication works by reducing the amount of the virus in the blood to undetectable levels, meaning it can’t be passed on at all, and people can expect to live as long as anyone else.


Only 29 per cent of those surveyed were aware that people on effective HIV treatment can have children without passing on the virus, and just over half (58%) of British adults believe that people with the virus can live into old age.

Just four out of ten (39%) were aware that people with HIV can have sex without passing on the virus, if they are on effective treatment.

Meanwhile, less than a fifth agreed that there was currently an HIV epidemic in the UK. A majority (53%) disagreed, and three out of ten were not sure.

The results are shocking given that an estimated 103,700 people are living with HIV in England, Wales and Scotland. Of these, 17 per cent are undiagnosed and do not know about their infection.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2016, 12:18:24 pm by JimDublin »
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Third of Scots teens think HIV can be caught from toilet seats
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 06:14:03 am »
Clearly still huge gaps in education or the education provided is not sticking.

Jim

HeraldScotland - 27th August, Exclusive by Emilie Combet

Full story:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16598365.hiv-scotland-survey-finds-third-of-scots-teens-think-virus-can-be-caught-from-toilet-seats/?ref=twtrec

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HIV Scotland survey finds third of Scots teens think virus can be caught from toilet seats

A sex health survey revealed that 34% of Scottish secondary pupils think HIV can be spread through toilet seats

A sex health survey revealed that 34% of Scottish secondary pupils think HIV can be spread through toilet seats

A THIRD of secondary school pupils in Scotland think HIV can be contracted from toilet seats - and many admit they have no idea how to protect themselves against the virus.

The shock results emerged in a survey of 2806 young people aged 12-18, and reveals just how far the disease has faded from the sexual health agenda.

The research, carried out in 19 council areas by charity HIV Scotland, also found that while 84% of schools in Scotland offer sexual health lessons, less than half of the pupils reported participating.

One in three (34%) said they did not know how to minimise the risk of catching the virus, and 15% said they "knew nothing" about HIV transmission and prevention.

Most surprisingly, 34% of the pupils believed that HIV can be acquired through contact with toilet seats. An alarming proportion also believed that transmission routes included kissing (27%) and spitting (45%).

Nathan Sparling, Head of Policy & Campaigning at HIV Scotland said: “This is the largest survey of young people in Scotland, specifically focused on their experiences of sexual health education in schools.

"It shows that students in Scotland need and want better sexual health education, that informs them about the modern day realities of HIV and how to prevent it.

Jim

Again, HIV does not remain infectious exposed outside the body and cannot be passed through saliva or skin-to-skin contact – meaning it is impossible to transmit the virus in the ways mistakenly thought.
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