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World AIDS Day 2011: Public Perceptions of HIV

Published:1 December 2011
Fieldwork:4 - 10 November 2011
Source:Ipsos MORI / International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Keywords:Developing World, Health, HIV/AIDS, Public Opinion
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To mark World AIDS Day 2011, on behalf of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, we asked the British public what they think of the problem of HIV in developing countries today. 

Main findings

  • Four in ten think the problem of HIV/AIDS in developing countries has stayed the same over the last few years (39%) and a third think it has got worse (34%). 
  • People are slightly more optimistic about the future though, with 26% saying it will get better in the next few years, compared with 18% who say it has got better over the last few years. 
  • The British public do not think that most HIV positive people in developing countries can access treatment (only 28% think they can). 
  • They are unclear about whether the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV exists (41% think there are effective ways of preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child, compared with 47% who think there are not). 
  • There is strong support for HIV positive women having the right to have children born free of HIV (with 76% agreeing with this). But a majority think that most HIV positive women in developing countries cannot access treatment to enable this (63%). 
  • The majority of people are keen for the UK government to give aid to help women in developing countries give birth to children born free of HIV (60%) and think it is important to maintain overall spending on HIV programmes overseas (73%). 
  • In general though, the public are not particularly interested in hearing more about HIV in developing countries (45% say they are not interested).



Technical Note

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1004 adults in Great Britain aged 15 and over. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in-home between 4th and 10th November 2011. Data are weighted to the known population profile of Great Britain (aged 15 and over).

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