Public Awareness of AIDS 2001
Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour relating to protection against AIDS
A repeat survey by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), Cologne
Since the start of the AIDS education campaign in 1987, the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) has examined the effect of AIDS prevention on the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of the public regarding HIV and AIDS. To this end, it conducts the annual representative survey "Public Awareness of AIDS" among the general population aged 16 or over in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Specifically, the survey examines the degree to which
- education measures reach the public,
- the knowledge necessary for protection against HIV infection spreads,
- people protect themselves against sexual transmission of the virus by using condoms,
- persons with HIV and AIDS are seen as people who need attention and help and should not be isolated by society.
The present summary contains the key results of the latest survey, which was completed at the end of 2001. They are presented together with their longer-term trends, either for the general public as a whole or for sub-groups of particular importance for prevention, primarily meaning 16 to 44 year-old singles.
A detailed report on the results can be requested from the Federal Centre for Health Education or downloaded from the Internet (www.bzga.de/studien/daten/stud.htm).