Toni - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )
I find these figures to be quite alarming, why are our children not being taught this basic information in school. One in 5 adults are unaware they can catch HIV via sex without a condom and 55% of people surveyed didn't know that sharing needles and syringes can transmit the disease! Even more worryingly one in ten people thought you could catch it by kissing or an infected person spitting
Even worse than the alarming lack of knowledge 38% of people surveyed said if one of their co-workers was HIV positive they should be informed, the only jobs I can see where the other employees have any right to know their co-worker has HIV would be people in the sex industry (porn stars etc), I can't think of any logical reason why in a normal everyday working situation general employees should have the right to know personal medical information on another staff member - the first aiders and managers should have a knowledge for health and safety, although with that said most people with HIV are very responsible and wouldn't endanger anyone else.
Read the article for more information.
What do you think if one of your co-workers was HIV positive would you expect to be informed? Why?