HIV/AIDS perceptions, myths and personal experience

In this poll:

Over than one in five incorrectly believe HIV can be transmitted by sharing a drinking glass. Low sense of risk named as biggest reason for not getting tested.

Poll Questions

Q: What do you think is the most urgent health problem facing the world today? (Half sample)

Q: Bearing in mind the different ways people can be infected with HIV—how concerned are you PERSONALLY about becoming infected with HIV?

Q: How concerned are you about an immediate family member becoming infected with HIV?

Q: As I read each of the following, please tell me if, as far as you know, a person can become infected with HIV this way or not. Sharing a drinking glass.

No opinion

Q: As I read each of the following, please tell me if, as far as you know, a person can become infected with HIV this way or not. Touching a toilet seat.

No opinion

Q: As I read each of the following, please tell me if, as far as you know, a person can become infected with HIV this way or not. Swimming in a pool with someone who is HIV positive.

No opinion

Q: There is a vaccine available to prevent people from becoming infected with HIV. Do you think this statement is true or false?

No opinion

Q: Johnson has been cured of AIDS. Do you think this statement is true or false?

No opinion

Q: There is no cure for AIDS at present. Do you think this statement is true or false?

No opinion

Q: (IF NO CURE FOR AIDS) Do you expect we will discover a cure for AIDS in the next 10 years, or not? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: (IF NO CURE FOR AIDS) Do you expect we will discover a cure for AIDS in your lifetime, or not? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: Which comes closer to your view about providing treatment to people with HIV:

No opinion

Q: How much confidence do you have in Barack Obama when it comes to making the right decisions in dealing with HIV and AIDS?

Q: How much confidence do you have in Mitt Romney when it comes to making the right decisions in dealing with HIV and AIDS?

Q: How much confidence do you have in Congress when it comes to making the right decisions in dealing with HIV and AIDS?

Q: If the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 2010 health care law, do you think people with HIV/AIDS will be better off, worse off, or will it make no difference?

Q: Do you think that most people in the U.S. who need treatment for HIV actually get medication, or do you think that most of them do NOT get the medication they need? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you think that most people in the U.S. have access to needed HIV prevention services, such as HIV education, testing, and counseling, or not? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: As far as you know, has the HIV epidemic had a greater impact, a smaller impact, or about the same impact on African Americans as it has on whites in the United States?

Q: How much, if anything, have you heard about the Obama Administration's call for the U.S. and others to create an AIDS-free generation? A lot, some, only a little, or nothing at all?

Q: Do you think it is possible to achieve the goal of an AIDS Free Generation worldwide by the year 2050?

Q: Which of the following parts of the world today do you think has been hardest hit with HIV/AIDS? Is it...

Q: In general, do you think the federal government spends? (Half sample)

Q: Compared with the amount of money the federal government spends on other health problems, such as heart disease and cancer, do you think federal spending on HIV/AIDS is too HIGH, too LOW, or ABOUT RIGHT? (Half sample)

Q: In general, do you think that spending more money on HIV/AIDS PREVENTION in the United States will lead to meaningful progress in slowing the epidemic, OR that spending more money won’t make much difference? (Half sample)

Q: In general, do you think that spending more money on HIV/AIDS TREATMENT in the U.S. will lead to meaningful progress in slowing the epidemic, OR that spending more money won’t make much difference? (Half sample)

Q: Treatments are available that can extend and improve quality of life for those living with HIV, but are very expensive. Should ALL Americans with HIV be provided with these treatments, regardless of their ability to pay?

No opinion

Q: (IF ALL AMERICANS SHOULD GET TREATMENT) Would YOU be willing to pay higher taxes in order to provide treatment for all Americans with HIV, or not?

No opinion

Q: When it comes to the problem of AIDS in developing countries, would you say the following are doing enough to help solve the problem, or are they not doing enough... The U.S. government? (Half sample)

Q: Are the following doing enough to help solve the problem, or are they not doing enough... President Obama and his administration? (Half sample)

Q: Are the following doing enough to help solve the problem, or are they not doing enough... The governments of developing countries hardest hit by HIV? (Half sample)

Q: Are the following doing enough to help solve the problem, or are they not doing enough... Pharmaceutical companies? (Half sample)

Q: Are the following doing enough to help solve the problem, or are they not doing enough... International nonprofit organizations and foundations? (Half sample)

Q: Do you agree or disagree-- The U.S. should address problems at home first rather than spending more money to deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in developing countries.

No opinion

Q: Do you agree or disagree-- The United States is a global leader and has a responsibility to spend more money to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in developing countries.

No opinion

Q: Which of these two statements do you agree with MORE STRONGLY?

Q: When it comes to prescription drugs used to treat HIV, do you think people in this country pay higher or lower prices than people in developing countries for the same prescreption drug, or do they pay about the same?

Q: Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why it has been difficult to control the spread of AIDS in developing countries? Not enough support from the U.S. and other developed countries?

Q: Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why it has been difficult to control the spread of AIDS in developing countries? The developing country governments not doing enough themselves to fight AIDS?

Q: Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why it has been difficult to control the spread of AIDS in developing countries? Unwillingness of people in developing countries to change their unsafe sexual practices?

Q: Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why it has been difficult to control the spread of AIDS in developing countries? Corruption and misuse of funds?

Q: Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why it has been difficult to control the spread of AIDS in developing countries? Widespread poverty?

Q: Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why it has been difficult to control the spread of AIDS in developing countries? Lack of programs that are effective at preventing the spread of HIV?

Q: How often would you say the subject of HIV/AIDS comes up in discussions with your family and friends? (READ)

Q: During the last year, how much, if anything, have you personally seen, heard, or read about the problem of AIDS -- In the United States?

Q: During the last year, how much, if anything, have you personally seen, heard, or read about the problem of AIDS -- In Africa?

Q: the last year, how much, if anything, have you personally seen, heard, or read about the problem of AIDS - Elsewhere in the world other than Africa or the U.S.?

Q: Have you ever talked with a doctor or health care provider about HIV or AIDS?

No opinion

Q: Have you ever talked with a partner or spouse about HIV or AIDS?

No opinion

Q: The FDA has recently been discussing a new over-the-counter HIV test that people could use at home to learn their HIV status within 20 minutes. Which of the following comes closer to your view about this type of test:

Q: If you were to be tested for HIV, would you prefer to...?

Q: In general, how comfortable would you be, personally, -- having a roommate who is HIV-positive – Very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat UNcomfortable, or very UNcomfortable?

Q: (If parent of under 21) In general, how comfortable would you be, personally, -- if your children had a teacher who was HIV-positive – Very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat UNcomfortable, or very UNcomfortable?

Q: As I read you some statements about HIV and AIDS, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each one. In general, it’s people’s own fault if they get AIDS.

No opinion

Q: As I read you some statements about HIV and AIDS, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each one. I sometimes think that AIDS is a punishment for the decline in moral standards.

No opinion

Q: As I read you some statements about HIV and AIDS, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each one. HIV is a manageable chronic disease, similar to diabetes or high blood pressure.

No opinion

Q: As I read you some statements about HIV and AIDS, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each one. It is possible for people with HIV to lead healthy, productive lives.

No opinion

Q: Do you personally know anyone who now has AIDS, has died from AIDS, or has tested positive for HIV?

No opinion

Q: know anyone who has HIV/AIDS) Is that a family member, a close friend, an acquaintance or co-worker, or someone else?

Q: Has a doctor or other health care provider ever suggested that you be tested for HIV, or not?

No opinion

Q: Have you, yourself, ever been tested for HIV? Was that in the past 12 months, or not?

Q: (If tested for HIV) The last time you were tested for HIV, did you go to a doctor or clinic specifically to get an HIV test, or did you decide to get an HIV test as part of another health visit, such as a routine check-up?

No opinion

Q: (If tested for HIV) The last time you were tested for HIV, how did you know the test was being done?

Q: (If tested for HIV within the last year) And did you get your test results, or not?

No opinion

Q: (If tested for HIV) Is this a reason why you decided to get tested -- You were concerned that you might be infected.

No opinion

Q: (If tested for HIV) Is this a reason for why you decided to get tested -- Your doctor or other health care provider suggested you get tested.

No opinion

Q: (If tested for HIV) Is this a reason for why you decided to get tested -- A partner suggested or asked that you get tested.

No opinion

Q: (If tested for HIV) Is this a reason for why you decided to get tested -- It’s something you do every year. Is this a reason you decided to get tested for HIV, or not?

No opinion

Q: (If tested for HIV) Is this a reason for why you decided to get tested -- It just seemed like a good idea.

No opinion

Q: (If NOT tested for HIV) Is this a reason why not -- You don't think you're at risk.

No opinion

Q: (If NOT tested for HIV) Is this a reason why not -- You worry about confidentiality.

No opinion

Q: (If NOT tested for HIV) Is this a reason why not -- You're afraid you'll test positive.

No opinion

Q: (If NOT tested for HIV) Is this a reason why not -- You don't know where to go to get tested.

No opinion

Q: (If NOT tested for HIV) Is this a reason why not -- Your doctor never recommended it.

No opinion