HIV-Related Stigma and Knowledge in the U.S., 1991-1999

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8. But many feel uncomfortable at the prospect of such contact


Although relatively few respondents said they would actually take steps to avoid a coworker with AIDS or to prevent their children from interacting with a child with AIDS, considerably more felt uncomfortable about contact with PWAs.

Between 22% and 30% of respondents reported that they would feel somewhat or very uncomfortable having their son or daughter go to school with a child with AIDS, working in an office with a PWA, or shopping at a neighborhood grocery store whose owner has AIDS.



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School child: "Suppose you had a young child who was attending school where one of the students was known to have AIDS. How would you feel about that? Would you feel comfortable having your child at that school, or would you feel uncomfortable?"

Coworker: "Suppose you worked in an office where one of the men working with you developed AIDS. How would you feel about that?"

Grocer: "Suppose that you found out that the owner of a small neighborhood grocery store where you liked to shop had AIDS. How would you feel about that?"

(Graphic depicts proportion that would feel uncomfortable in each situation.)


From: Herek, G. M., Capitanio, J. P., & Widaman, K. F. (2002). HIV-related stigma and knowledge in the United States: Prevalence and trends, 1991-1999. American Journal of Public Health, 92(3).
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