AIDS in the Public Consciousness in the Federal Republic 2008

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln
Publication Date
  • forsa. Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen, Berlin/ Dortmund (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
  • Abstract

    Information and communication behaviour, knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to AIDS. Attitudes towards AIDS education and HIV-infected people. Information behaviour, knowledge and behaviour in relation to sexually transmitted diseases. Topics: Satisfaction with one´s own state of health; taking care of one´s own health; biggest health problems for the German population; most dangerous diseases in the country; knowledge about AIDS; course of AIDS; assessment of the risk of AIDS infection in selected situations; risk of infection before outbreak of the disease; knowledge about the means of transmission of AIDS; awareness of the HIV antibody test; knowledge of the significance of the test result HIV positive; external signs of HIV positive; personal contacts with HIV positive or AIDS patients; behaviour in the event of infection with AIDS in one´s personal environment; concern about one´s own AIDS disease or AIDS infection; the risk of infection in selected situations; the risk of infection before the outbreak of the disease; the risk of contracting AIDS. AIDS among acquaintances; time of concern about one´s own AIDS disease; own probability of infection through sexual intercourse; sources of information used about AIDS; frequency of conversations among friends about AIDS; own opinion leadership on AIDS; reception of AIDS brochures of the health authorities; one or more AIDS brochures read; type and time of the last reception of AIDS information (brochures, TV spots, commercials in the cinema, advertisements or Lectures); type of information event (public event, operation, school lessons); only respondents aged 16 to 44: participation in selected events on AIDS (Mitmach Parcour Aids, exhibition ´Liebesleben´, Jugendfilmtage Aids); AIDS as a teaching topic in one´s own schooldays and evaluation of the acquired knowledge about AIDS by the school; again all: frequency of Internet use; Internet as a source of information on the subject of AIDS and time of last Internet use on this subject; awareness of the poster campaign ´Gib AIDS none Chance´ and ´Mach´s mit´ using fruit and vegetable motifs; time of last perception of these posters; awareness of ´Kondome schützen´ and ´Mach´s mit´- Radio commercials (advertising success monitoring); time of last information by radio commercials; awareness of the joint action of the Federal Centre for Health Education, the German AIDS Aid and the German AIDS Foundation on World AIDS Day; awareness of the central telephone AIDS information centre; self-assessment of information about AIDS; interest in the topic of protection against AIDS; interest in the life situation of AIDS patients and AIDS-infected persons; Interest in medical research reports on AIDS; attitudes towards condom use in new sexual relationships; own proposal on condom use; assessment of the difficulty of convincing a new partner to use a condom; assessment of the consent of the majority of the population to use a condom at the beginning of a love relationship; new intimate relationship conceivable in the coming months; Intention to talk to new partner about AIDS; sexual intercourse in the last 12 months; sexual behaviour; several partners in the last year and number of partners; experience with condoms and perceived impairment of sexual experience by condoms; use of condoms and frequency of use of condoms; reasons for using condoms (contraception, protection against AIDS or AIDS). other infections); spontaneous sexual contacts with an unknown partner in the last year; frequency of condom use in spontaneous sexual contacts with unknown partners; willingness to care for HIV-infected persons; attitude towards the exclusion of AIDS patients; self-assessment of information about protection against AIDS; getting to know the last sexual partner via the Internet; to broach the issue of AIDS at the beginning of the new relationship; use of condoms only at the beginning of the relationship; knowledge about the correct use of condoms to avoid HIV infection; assessment of the material safety of brand condoms with regard to protection against AIDS; reluctance to use condoms; current possession of condoms; year of last holiday trip; sexual contacts on holiday and frequency of condom use; condom use during last sexual intercourse; HIV antibody test (AIDS test) performed; number of AIDS tests performed; time of last AIDS test; fixed doctor´s surgery in case of illness; doctor´s specialty; awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STI); knowledge test on the transmissibility of selected sexually transmitted diseases; consideration on past and present infection with sexually transmitted diseases; consultation due to last fears of infection; reasons for omitted consultation; attempt of self-treatment without medical help; self-assessment of sexually transmitted disease information; knowledge of the sexually transmitted diseases; information request on this subject; importance of information on routes of infection, physical signs of infection, protection against infection and treatment options for sexually transmitted diseases; sources of information used in the last five years on sexually transmitted diseases: Information brochure, medical advice, Internet research; preferred source of information on sexually transmitted diseases (brochure versus doctor, Internet versus doctor, brochure versus Internet); awareness of new AIDS treatment methods; expectations of these new treatment methods and assessment of the impact of these new treatment methods on personal attitudes and public awareness of AIDS (scale: the possibility of living longer with the HIV virus, definitive cure of AIDS possible, no transmission of the AIDS virus through treated HIV positives, less fear of HIV infection, less protection against HIV infection than before, less worries about suspected HIV infection); importance of the message of the poster campaign ´Mach´s mit´- condoms; assessment of the difficulty of convincing new sexual partners to use condoms: in the case of fleeting sexual contacts, great infatuation and after alcohol consumption; self-assessment of the ability to convince new sexual partners of the use of condoms. Sexual orientation (only male respondents aged 16-65): sexual relationship with a man; sexual relationship with a man in the last year; sexual relationship with a man is conceivable. Demography: age (year of birth); sex; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; steady partner; sexual relationship with a partner; duration of relationship; expected consistency of relationship in two years; time of last sexual relationship; gainful employment; occupational status; highest school-leaving certificate or university degree; household size; number of persons in the household from 16 years of age; country of birth of the respondent; nationality; year of immigration to Germany; country of birth and nationality of mother and father (migration background); mother tongue German or self-assessment of German language skills. Additionally coded was: survey period (beginning and end); survey year; survey area west/east; federal state; city size (BIK regions); weighting factor; indices: reach of media; use of offers of intensive information; proximity to risk.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-10-21 / 2009-01-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking persons aged 16 and over in private households with telephone access
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 503
The study is part of an annual replicate survey conducted by the Federal Centre for Health Education.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5122 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)
  • forsa. Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen mbH: AIDS im öffentlichen Bewusstsein der Bundesrepublik 2008. Berlin: Feldbericht, Februar 2009.
  • forsa. Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen mbH: Aids im öffentlichen Bewusstsein der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2008. Berlin: Tabellenband, Januar 2009

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 20 | Registration Date: 2015-03-11