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AIDS Ignorance -- New Survey: Surprisingly High Percentage Admit Knowing Little or Nothing About the Pandemic

Ranking of wealthy countries' knowledge, attitudes and concern

World Vision Launching 24-hour Global Vigil to Honor AIDS Orphans

Contact: Jan Butter, 212-355-4596, 626-623-9449 cell, jan_butter@wvi.org; Gardi Wilks, 708-366-8389, gardi@wilkspr.com


MEDIA ADVISORY, Nov. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision will release the findings of an international survey conducted by Ipsos measuring a wide range of opinions and perceptions of AIDS among residents of seven nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K and the United States.


Key findings:


  • Surprising percentage of people believing problems of pandemic are "greatly exaggerated;"


  • Nations where respondents are most – and least – concerned about AIDS;


  • How AIDS ranks among other issues, such as Iraq War, terrorism, climate change and global economy (overall and by individual country's respondents); and


  • Americans' attitudes toward condom distribution, "clean" needle distribution and programs discouraging sexual promiscuity (national and regional statistics)


When: Thursday, November 29 at 10 a.m. (Eastern)


Where: The United Nations Press Room, 2nd Floor


Who: Speakers will include the following:

  • Richard E. Stearns, President, World Vision, United States
  • Sam McGuire, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • The Honorable Carsten Staur, Danish Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Bunmi Makinwa, Director, New York office of the Joint United Nations Program for HIV and AIDS in the United States


About Ipsos Public Affairs

Ipsos is a leading global survey-based market research company, owned and managed by research professionals.  Ipsos helps interpret, simulate, and anticipate the needs and responses of consumers, customers, and citizens around the world.  Ipsos Public Affairs is one of the company's five research specializations.  It specializes in corporate reputation, issues management, strategic communications and sociopolitical trends, serving the needs of corporations, non-profit organizations, public relations firms, news media and governments.  Its toolbox for conducting tailor-made solutions includes rapid turnaround quantitative polling, qualitative focus groups, online panels, elite and stakeholder interviewing, syndicated subscriptions, and proprietary research techniques.  Ipsos Public Affairs is well known as the polling partner of The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news organization.


About World Vision:

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization, dedicated to helping children, their families and communities reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice worldwide.  We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.


World Vision has been addressing the international AIDS crisis for nearly 20 years.  The organization's first programming helped Ugandan children orphaned by AIDS and their foster families; provided care for HIV-infected infants and children in Romania; and helped young women and girls in Thailand escape prostitution.  Today, World Vision has AIDS programs in more than 60 countries, and last year, served nearly 2 million people with HIV-prevention education, and AIDS care and assistance.  For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press


NOTE: To gain access to the United Nations, journalists must be UN-accredited.  Accreditation materials can be found at www.un.org/media/accreditation  Journalists will need to bring their confirmation numbers to the press conference Thursday.


World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.org/press