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Table 1 What is known about HIV, tests and treatments

From: Knowledge of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases among men who have sex with men in Finland

Did you know this about HIV, tests and treatments? I already knew this % I was not certain about this % I did not yet know this % I don’t understand this % I don’t believe this %
AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV (n = 2066) 98.9 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.3
You cannot be confident about whether someone has HIV or not from their appearance (n = 2066) 96.7 1.4 0.3 0.1 1.5
There is a medical test that can show whether or not you have HIV (n = 2062) 98.7 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.3
If someone becomes infected with HIV it may take several weeks before it can be detected in a test (n = 2061) 93.4 5.0 1.6 0.0 0.1
There is currently no cure for HIV infection (n = 1399) 93.8 4.4 0.4 0.1 1.4
HIV infection can be controlled with medicines so that its impact on health is much less (n = 2065) 96.0 3.3 0.4 0.0 0.2
Effective treatment of HIV infection reduces the risk of HIV being transmitted (n = 2066) 54.3 21.9 13.9 1.3 8.6