Indicator 4.2.6: "No incorrect beliefs about AIDS - Cannot become infected by sharing food with someone who has AIDS"

Definition

The percent of respondents who reject the misconception that a person can become infected by sharing food with a person who has AIDS.

Measurement Tools

UNAIDS general population survey; DHS AIDS module; FHI BSS; MICS (UNICEF).

What It Measures

The indicator measures the prevalence of the misconception that an uninfected person can become infected if he or she shares food with someone who has HIV.

How to Measure It

Respondents are asked in a prompted question if a person can get HIV by sharing food with a person who has AIDS.

Strengths and Limitations

This indicator measures the prevalence of a misconception which may lead to the stigmatizing of persons living with HIV-AIDS (PLWHA). IEC interventions can use this indicator to prioritize messages which address the ostracicism of PLWHA in family or other environments in which food is normally shared.