01 August 2005

Malaysians: HIV/AIDS? Apa tuh?

No sex please, we're Malaysians....

A survey by Universiti Putra Malaysia assoc prof Lekhraj Rampal has found Malaysians to be alarmingly ignorant about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted.

Among the findings of the survey (sample size = 18,805 respondents aged 15 and above)
1. 60% believed or were unsure if a mosquito bite could give them HIV
2. 40% thought a healthy-looking person, a beautiful woman or a handsome man could not get infected
3. 48% did not know whether an HIV-positive woman could transmit the virus through breast-feeding
4. 56% believed HIV could be spread by sharing meals



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