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Ignorance about HIV is still high in many parts of Europe

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7572.774-a (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:774
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Almost all Europeans are aware that HIV can be contracted by receiving blood or having unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive or by using an infected needle. However, many misconceptions remain.

    In a survey released this month covering 29 countries in Europe, 94% of those questioned accurately identified these potential sources. But four in 10 people incorrectly believed that the disease can be caught by kissing someone on the mouth. Awareness is highest in France, where 69% realised that this is not a form of transmission, Denmark (59%), the Netherlands (58%), and Belgium (53%).

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