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Slovaks lack information on AIDS

MOST Europeans realize that people can become infected with the AIDS/HIV virus by sharing a syringe, getting a contaminated blood transfusion or by having unprotected sex with an infected person. However, mistaken opinions on AIDS are still widespread, as a Eurobarometer poll published on October 2 showed.

MOST Europeans realize that people can become infected with the AIDS/HIV virus by sharing a syringe, getting a contaminated blood transfusion or by having unprotected sex with an infected person. However, mistaken opinions on AIDS are still widespread, as a Eurobarometer poll published on October 2 showed.

According to the poll, Slovaks are among the most poorly informed about AIDS.

Only 40 percent of European respondents know that it is not possible to get AIDS by kissing an infected person on the lips. Slovaks, Cypriots, and Lithuanians are among the most confused on this point.

According to the poll, 50 percent of Slovaks think that AIDS can be transmitted by kissing.

Most Europeans also know that it is impossible to become infected by using the same glass as an infected person, just as it is not possible to catch AIDS by using the same toilet as an infected person. In Slovakia, however, almost a third of respondents thought it was possible to catch the virus this way.

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