Share of people educated on HIV in Belgium's regions 2018

In Belgium, knowledge regarding HIV and Aids was rather limited in 2018. Indeed, less than half of Belgians, aged over 15, were well educated in terms of HIV. In 2018, the level of knowledge was slightly higher in the Brussels-Capital Region than in the Walloon Region. However, with 45,8 of people having valid knowledge, the Flemish Region was the least educated in the country in terms of HIV and AIDS.

Valid knowledge on the subject implies that a person identifies the use of condoms as being an effective prevention method against HIV, along with fidelity in a relationship. Furthermore, the person should reject three false beliefs: the belief that a healthy-looking person can not have AIDS, that HIV can be transmitted by embracing or shaking the hand of a person with aids, and finally, that it is transmitted by drinking from the glass of a person with AIDS.

Share of people with valid knowledge on HIV in Belgium in 2018, by region*

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Release date

October 2019

Region

Belgium

Survey time period

2018

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

Belgian population

Method of interview

Panel survey

Supplementary notes

Valid knowledge is calculated by the source as people who identify condoms and fidelity as protective methods against HIV and knows that, firstly, a healthy-looking person can have AIDS, secondly, that HIV can not be transmitted by embracing or shaking the hand of a person with aids, and finally, also that HIV is not transmitted by drinking from the glass of a person with AIDS.

The source does not specify the number of respondents.

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