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Int J STD AIDS. 2004 Jan;15(1):56-60.

HIV/AIDS risk perception, attitudes and sexual behaviour in Portugal.

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Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon and Bom Sucesso Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. famaro@iscsp.utl.pt

Abstract

One thousand individuals in the age group 18-69 were selected for a multistage nationwide random sample. Of the interviewees 68.3% were of the opinion that the risk of AIDS, in Portugal, is considerably high and 37.1% stated that they had feared being infected by the HIV; 28.0% established a connection between being afraid and the fact that AIDS is a serious/incurable disease; 31.5% believed that there are risks inherent to the health services; only 7.8% expressed fear of AIDS because of an infected partner. Only 42.6% regarded extra-marital sexual relations as either partially or totally acceptable. Sexual relations between youths were seen as totally acceptable by 11.9% and partially acceptable by 51.1%. Homosexual relations between men were seen as either totally or partially acceptable by 38%. Of the interviewees, 7.8% thought that recent treatments can definitely cure AIDS and 6.5% believed that with recent treatments HIV transmission would no longer be possible.

PMID:
14769174
DOI:
10.1258/095646204322637281
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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