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Kaiser Family Foundation: HIV/AIDS At 30: A Public Opinion Perspective

HIV/AIDS At 30: A Public Opinion Perspective
from Kaiser Family Foundation, September 21, 2011

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic marks its thirtieth year, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted its eighth large-scale national survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS.

Key findings include:

  • Black Americans, and particularly young blacks, express much higher levels of concern about HIV infection than whites.
  • Reported HIV testing rates are flat since 1997, including among some key groups at higher risk.
  • Thirty years into the epidemic, there is a declining sense of national urgency and visibility of HIV/AIDS.
  • At the same time, after nearly a decade of decline, the share of Americans who say they are personally  “very concerned” about becoming infected ticked up for the first time in this year’s survey.
  • Many Americans still hold attitudes that may stigmatize people with HIV/AIDS, but such reported attitudes have declined in recent years.
  • Despite continuing economic problems, more than half of Americans support increased funding for HIV/AIDS, and fewer than one in ten say the federal government spends too much in this area.
  • Media, which includes radio, television, newspapers and online sources, is the top information source on HIV across racial/ethnic groups and for younger and older adults alike.
  • Three-quarters of Americans could not name an individual who stands out as a national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and no person who was mentioned makes it into double digits.

The 2011 Survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey was conducted April 4-May 1, 2011, among a nationally representative random sample of 2,583 adults ages 18 and older.

Other Resources Icon Report (.pdf)

Reports,  Studies  and Toplines IconData Note: A Brief Look at Americans’ Perceptions of the Global Health HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Reports,  Studies  and Toplines Icon Toplines (.pdf)

Video Icon Documentary – AIDS at 30: The U.S. Epidemic

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