Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Companion Documents to National AIDS Survey Detailing Minority Response to Epidemic
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released two new surveys that describe how racial and ethnic minority Americans respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis. The surveys are intended to be companion documents to the report "The AIDS Epidemic at 20 Years: The View from America," which the foundation released in May. Brief findings from the surveys and an additional fact sheet are listed below:
- "African Americans' View of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic at 20 Years: Findings from a National Survey" -- The report, based on the previous national survey of 2,683 adults ages 18 and older, including 431 African Americans, focuses on African Americans' views on and knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Compared to the general population, African Americans expressed more concern and urgency about the epidemic and its impact on their lives, the nation and the world, the survey found. Within the African-American community, attitudes toward and knowledge of HIV/AIDS were found to vary by age, gender, income and education.
- " Latinos' Views of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic at 20 Years: Findings from a National Survey" -- The report, based on a sample of 549 Latinos included in the pool of 2,683 adults surveyed in the national report, examines Latinos' views on and knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Like the African-American survey, this analysis also found that Latinos report more concern than the general public about the effect of HIV/AIDS on their population. Thirty-seven percent of Latinos surveyed said that HIV/AIDS is a more urgent concern for their community today than it was a few years ago.
- "Key Facts: Latinos and HIV/AIDS" -- Using the same national survey, the fact sheet provides an overview of the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on Latinos in the United States, describing trends over time. The fact sheet draws from recent data and research on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among Latinos, including data on AIDS cases and deaths; health services use and coverage; and attitudinal data.