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Old 10-03-2006, 09:21 AM   #1
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Why are so many people, there and everywhere, not taking precautions? And why do so many people still have misconceptions as to how it is contracted and spread?

(Reuters)More than 40 percent of people in the European Union take no precautions against AIDS during sex, an EU survey showed on Monday.

According to the poll, carried out in September and October of last year, fewer people in the 15 "old" member states said they practiced safe sex compared to the previous survey conducted in 2002.

The Eurobarometer poll of just under 25,000 EU citizens aged more than 15 showed nearly half were poorly informed about the risks of contracting HIV/AIDS, with those in the bloc's 10 newest member countries the most confused.

According to figures from the United Nations, over half a million people have the AIDS-causing HIV virus in western Europe and the number is rising.

"We must not lose sight of the fact that HIV/AIDS is still one of the biggest preventable killers worldwide," EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said.

"I am most worried about the decreasing attention to protection," he said.

Asked whether they took precautions during intercourse, 41 percent of those polled said "no" and 48 percent "yes."

In the 15 old member states, some 42 percent said they used precautions, compared to 34 percent in the 10 new, mostly eastern EU states.

The survey showed misconceptions about how the virus is contracted and spread. Nearly 45 percent of respondents said they believed they could catch HIV/AIDS by sharing glasses, sitting on a toilet seat or donating blood.

There were more misconceptions in new member states. Forty-seven percent of Slovakians surveyed thought the disease could be contracted through kissing on the mouth, and 28 percent of Lithuanians thought sharing a glass was a risk.

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Old 10-03-2006, 10:41 AM   #2
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Local Time: 10:40 PM many of those "over 40 percent" are in exclusive(monogamous) relationships? Or at least think they are?

Just might have something to do with how they answer the question...

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Old 10-03-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:56 AM   #4
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This is scary
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Old 10-05-2006, 07:03 AM   #5
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Considering a vast majority of people with AIDS in europe come from old Bloc it kind of say's something about what education they recieved while under the soviet union.

Well scary considering they travel to countries such as UK and France for work in there thousands too.
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This is scary
It sure is.
Into the heart of a child...
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:33 PM   #7
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Cause people are stupid.

And alcohol.
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:30 AM   #8
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These results are indeed very scary

It seems like people live their lives the way they want to live it more and more these days, and don't really think of the future, meaning, that they can get diseases or get ill or something...

I'm not saying you should always think of the future, because that way you worry too much (in my opinion), but some precautions are so important to take.

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