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May 14, 2009

Study: Large Numbers of Americans Support Increased Domestic AIDS Funding

Americans say they are sympathetic to people living with HIV/AIDS and think more funding is necessary to address the domestic epidemic through vaccine research and education programs, according to a report supported by the M·A·C AIDS Fund as reported by Reuters.

The study, titled “Impressions of HIV/AIDS in America: A Report on Conversations With People Throughout the Country,” was underwritten by the National AIDS Coordinating Committee to gauge what most Americans think about HIV/AIDS.

According to Reuters, large numbers of respondents also said they feel HIV/AIDS has fallen “off the radar,” with many people reporting that they were unsure of how the virus was transmitted.

“Many people we spoke with had inconsistent views of HIV/AIDS,” lead researcher Jonathan Rochkind said in a statement. “Even though most people were aware of the primary ways HIV is transmitted, when presented with the idea of being in casual contact with people who are HIV positive, they often said that it was a possibility HIV could be transmitted that way and that they were concerned about the risk.”

Despite having sympathy for people living with HIV, many study participants classified them as having “risky lifestyles.”

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