AIDS study says knowledge yields better policy

New York- UN (PANA) -- About one-third of the people in seven countries, including the U.
S.
, know little about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a UN-backed survey has revealed.
The survey was conducted by The Global AIDS Attitudes and published by World Vision.
It reported that about 25 per cent of the people surveyed indicated they believed the media "greatly exaggerated" problems associated with the pandemic In a statement made available to PANA, the UN stated that the survey was carried out in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the U.
S.
The survey results were released on Thursday, two days to the World AIDS Day on December.
1.
Bunmi Makinwa, Director of the UN programme on HIV/AIDS in New York, said the survey was valuable because "the more we understand the epidemic, the better we can make policies and the better we can make programmes".
Richard Stearns, World Vision-U.
S.
President, said the survey also showed "an astounding nine out of 10 people indicated the global community had a moral obligation to respond to the AIDS crisis.
"The vast majority of people think their governments and individuals globally should be responding decisively to turn the tide and come to the aid of people living with HIV and AIDS," he said.
World AIDS Day will be marked on Saturday to educate and mobilise individuals from all walks of life in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
A recent UN report stated that more than 2.
5 million people in developing countries were now receiving life-lengthening anti-retroviral drugs, while the HIV infections in many countries were declining.
"However, the challenge now is to sustain this leadership, to keep AIDS at the top of the agenda and to accelerate action at national and local levels," he noted.
It also called for renewed focus on AIDS every year, saying "only then, we can hope to achieve the global goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support".

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