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Survey Says One in Three in G-7 Ignorant About AIDS

Posted by pozlife on December 6, 2007

December 4, 2007

An ISPOS poll commissioned by the Christian charity World Vision found one in three adults in Group of Seven (G-7) nations — United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan — say they know little or nothing about HIV/AIDS. The survey of more than 3,500 people was released Thursday ahead of World AIDS Day.

AIDS is thought to have claimed the lives of more than 28 million people over the past 26 years. World Vision President Richard Stearns said millions are ignorant about the disease because it is "not real" for them. "It’s not personal, it is somebody else’s problem and somebody else’s disease, and very often in a place very, very far away and remote from their everyday lives," he noted.

According to the poll, Canadians are the most concerned about HIV/AIDS and Japanese the least. Japan also had the highest number of respondents, 53 percent, who said they had little or no knowledge of the disease. Germans were the most knowledgeable, with 80 percent saying they knew "some" or "a lot" about HIV/AIDS. For the United States, the figure was 70 percent.

One in four residents of G-7 nations thought the problem of HIV/AIDS has been "greatly exaggerated" by the media, the survey found.

Stearns said he believes those polled were "ahead of their governments" in terms of how much should be done to combat the disease. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay more taxes in order to boost prevention and treatment efforts, including 50 percent of U.S. respondents. "I don’t think Washington realizes that that many Americans care about AIDS at that level," said Stearns.

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