Indicator 4.2.3: "No incorrect beliefs about AIDS - AIDS cannot be transmitted by supernatural means"
The percent of respondents who reject the misconception that HIV/AIDS can be transmitted by supernatural means.
UNAIDS general population survey; DHS AIDS module; FHI BSS; MICS (UNICEF).
What It Measures
If people believe that AIDS can be transmitted by supernatural means, they may not be persuaded that valid means of AIDS prevention such as condom use or having sex only with one uninfected partner are in fact effective.
How to Measure It
In a prompted question, respondents are asked if AIDS can be transmitted by supernatural means. To enter the numerator for this indicator, a respondent must reject the possibility of transmission by supernatural means. The denominator is comprised of the number of respondents to the question.
Strengths and Limitations
Measuring the prevalence of the belief that AIDS can be transmitted supernaturally helps IEC program planners address an attitudinal obstacle to effective prevention.