To describe knowledge, attitude and behaviour regarding AIDS among students and employees at the University of Aarhus an anonymous self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted in April 1990. Of the 2169 and 850 questionnaires to students and employees, respectively, 1548 (71.4%) and 568 (67%) were returned. The study group had an excellent knowledge about AIDS and the transmission of HIV-virus. However, when defining "risk behaviour" in relation to transmission of HIV-virus among heterosexuals as "> or = 2 sexual partners within the past year without using condoms" 27% of the male and 20% of the female students showed risk behaviour. Among employees the rate was highest (23%) among the male scientific staff than among the remainder (17%). It is concluded that risk behaviour was not related to age and occurred in spite of the fact that 42% of the students and 31% of the employees, who showed risk behaviour were also aware of a personal risk of being infected. There is still a need for information about AIDS, and future campaigns should be directed towards all age groups as risk behaviour is not only a phenomenon among young people.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 1993, Vol 155, Issue 6, p. 402-6