Andersen, M R3; Nielsen, I3; Nørrelund, Helene3; Petersen, S B3; Rønberg, A M3; Lund, Anne Katrine Wiencke3; Bælum, Jesper4; Pedersen, O F3
1 Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Clinical Research, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU2 Environmental Medicine, Department of Public Health, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU3 unknown4 Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Clinical Research, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU
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