Public Awareness of AIDS in the Federal Republic of Germany 2007
Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour relating to protection against AIDS
A repeat survey by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), Cologne
Since the mid-1980s, the AIDS education campaign entitled "Don´t give AIDS a chance" has been informing the population of the Federal Republic of Germany about the disease AIDS and the associated infection risks. It tells people that and how they can protect themselves against infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Information offerings based on mass and personal communication have been specifically geared to different groups of the population since 1987.
The principal goals of the campaign are to prevent the further spread of HIV and to create and stabilise a social climate that opposes the stigmatisation and isolation of people with HIV and
Since 1987, the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) has been conducting an annual survey entitled "Public Awareness of AIDS" to examine
- Whether and to what extent the public is reached by the campaign´s various education measures and makes use of the information offerings,
- Whether the social climate in the population is characterised by acceptance of people with HIV and AIDS, or whether there are detectable tendencies towards their isolation,
- Whether the level of knowledge required for AIDS prevention continues to be maintained, and
- The extent to which people protect themselves against the HI virus by using condoms, especially population groups demonstrating relatively risky sexual behaviour, such as 16 to 44 year-old singles.
The present Summary contains the most important results of the latest survey, which was completed at the end of 2007. Key indicators are presented as medium or long-term trends.