Survey shows HIV stigma remains rife

Published: October 30, 2014

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The New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Positive Women commissioned research was carried out by Colmar Brunton last month.

It found a clear majority of people realise HIV can’t be transmitted by sharing a drinking glass, hugging someone or sharing food.

However, 47 per cent of people said they would be uncomfortable having a flatmate who is living with HIV, 56 per cent said they would be uncomfortable having food prepared by someone who HIV positive. When it came to sexual contact, 87 per cent of people were uncomfortable, though 98 per cent knew HIV could not be transmitted if a condom was used.

The survey also found 52 per cent of people were uncomfortable about a child playing with another child who has HIV. As for being friends with someone who is HIV positive, 23 per cent said this would make them uncomfortable. Just 24 per cent said they would be comfortable.

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