It is not considered a risk to kiss on the mouth, share the same glass or sit on the same toilet as an HIV/AIDS infected person. According to a new Eurobarometer survey, EU citizens’ awareness about prevention shows some progress, but general misconceptions over how HIV is passed from person to person persist. The experts rule out infection risk through giving blood or taking care of someone who has AIDS or is HIV positive.
But many Europeans remain ignorant. The rate of correct answers in the survey remains low, on average 55%. At a forum in Brussels, the EU health commissioner said: “More has to be done to inform people — especially about protecting themselves in sex, as in particular the young underestimate the potential risk.” Awareness was down notably in Italy, the UK and Spain. A television spot aired in Spain plays on who each of the characters — in a game of intimate roulette — has slept with. It urges the responsable use of condoms.