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Title: Singaporean beliefs about HIV and AIDS
Authors: Bishop, G.D. 
Keywords: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Attitude to disease
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Issue Date: Dec-1996
Citation: Bishop, G.D. (1996-12). Singaporean beliefs about HIV and AIDS. Singapore Medical Journal 37 (6) : 617-621. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As part of an in-home survey, 429 Singaporeans responded to questions concerning beliefs about AIDS as a disease and the ways in which one can contract HIV. The results indicated that, although many held realistic beliefs, identifiable biases and misconceptions were present. Virtually all respondents were aware that HIV is contracted through sexual contact as well as the sharing of needles during IV drug use. However, many respondents believed that it is either somewhat or very likely for HIV to be transmitted through casual contact, by giving blood, or from mosquitoes and other insects. Also, many expressed the belief that persons with AIDS are identifiable through visible symptoms or membership in high risk groups and a significant percentage indicated a lack of concern about the disease. Implications for understanding AIDS beliefs and for health education are discussed.
Source Title: Singapore Medical Journal
ISSN: 00375675
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

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