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4.2.1 No incorrect beliefs about AIDS - Healthy-looking person can have the AIDS virus
Program Area: Knowledge 
Definition: The percent of respondents who say that a healthy-looking person can have the AIDS virus. 
Numerator: The number of respondents who correctly respond that a person who looks healthy may have the AIDS virus. 
Denominator: Total number of respondents. 
Measurement Tools: UNAIDS general population survey; DHS AIDS module; FHI BSS; MICS (UNICEF). 
What It Measures: This indicator measures prevalence of the obverse of a potentially important misconception of risk: that a healthy-looking person cannot harbour HIV and therefore cannot infect other persons, e.g., sex partners.  
How to Measure It: In a prompted question, respondents are asked if it is possible for a healthy-looking person to have HIV. The number of respondents who answer affirmatively comprise the numerator. The denominator consists of the number of respondents to the question. 
Strengths and Limitations: Reporting the prevalence of this knowledge indicator can help HIV/AIDS intervention planners prioritize the content of IEC programs. The indicator gives the level of an important misconception which may lead a person to have unprotected sex and become infected with HIV.  
Use of Indicator:  
Tools: Surveys (UNAIDS, DHS, FHI, UNICEF) 
SSO Code:  
The President's
Emergency Plan:
OVC: No 
MDG: No 

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