On the question when the students were asked if there are any special groups more often infected with HIV there was no difference between the village and the city. About 39% of the students in both the village and the city thought that there are special groups more often infected with HIV and about 34% answered that there are not. Special groups mentioned in the city were prostitutes (20%), truck drivers (6%), drug users (5%), young people (5%) and low educated (4%). In the village the students answered young people (14%), prostitutes (6%), truck drivers (6%).
When asked if you can see if a person is infected by HIV only by looking at him or her, 15% in the city answered that you can while the corresponding percentage in the village was 20%.
69% of the students in the city and 58% of the students in the village estimated that 1% of the population in the area where they live are infected with HIV. The remaining students thought that the prevalence is higher, except for 3 students in the village that stated that no one in the area is infected.
4% of the students in the city and 12% of the students in the village had a relative or a friend with HIV or AIDS.
On the question if there is a medicine that can cure HIV/AIDS, 14% of the students in the city and 5% in the village said that there is. 12% in the city and 8% in the village didn’t answer or didn’t know. 29% of the students in the city and 8% in the village answered that there are other ways but medicine to cure HIV/AIDS.
When asked how long HIV infected persons can live without medicine the majority of the students in the village answered that they could live 5-10 years. In the city the most common answer was 0-2 years. When asked how long the HIV infected could live if they get medicine the majority of the students in the village answered 11-15 years. In the city the most common answer was 5-10 years (Fig. 3, 4).
The students were asked what they think are the reasons why HIV/AIDS has spread so rapidly in the world. In the village the most common answer that was given was sex (54%). 13% of the students answered lack of knowledge. The most common answer in the city was also sex, given by 44%. 34% in the city answered lack of knowledge and 9% answered blood transfusions.
When asked if the students have got enough information regarding HIV/AIDS, 60% in the city and 43% in the village answered yes. 26% in the city and 50% in the village thought that they haven’t got enough information.
Private life The questions about the private life were only filled in by the students in the city. The results from the city are recorded below but no comparisons could be made between the village and the city.
On the question “would you like to test yourself for HIV/AIDS?” 44% of the students answered yes and 35% answered no. The remaining students didn’t answer or didn’t know.
83% of the students wouldn’t like to have children if they were found to have HIV. 4% would like to give birth to a child even if they would get the infection.