TITLE

Survey Finds Teenagers Know More About AIDS Than About Other STDs

AUTHOR(S)
Witwer, M.
PUB. DATE
May 1990
SOURCE
Family Planning Perspectives;May/Jun90, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p138
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the result of a survey according to which teenagers know more about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) than about other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Teenage students in the United States appear to be well-informed about AIDS and the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), according to a 1987 national survey of eighth and tenth graders, although some still have misconceptions about the risk of contracting the infection. Students' knowledge of other STDs is more limited: many are unable to identify early symptoms of STDs and do not know how to reduce their risk of becoming infected. More than one-third do not know where to get medical treatment for STDs, and half would have difficulty paying for such treatment. A majority of students believe that it is correct to have sex with a steady partner, but only 11 percent approve of having sex with several partners. Eighty-five percent believe that it is okay to say no to sex, and 91 percent think that condoms should be used by those who are sexually active.
ACCESSION #
9705153492

 

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