The California Survey of AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes, & Behavior: 1987
Investigators: State of California, Dept. of Health Services, Office of AIDS

The California Survey of AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior: 1987, consists of 2,012 telephone interviews with a household probability sample of California adults age 18 and over. Two overlapping, random digit-dial sampling frames were employed: one generated to be representative of all households with telephones in each geographic area (n=1,618) and one generated from areas with higher minority population densities (n=394). Interviews were conducted from October 4, 1987 through December 20, 1987 (completion rate=71%). Interviews were conducted in two stages. An initial 15-minute interview determined whether a respondent was a member of one or more of three AIDS high-risk groups: gay-identifying men, multiple/high-risk partner heterosexuals, or recreational drug users (not limited to intravenous drug use). If a respondent qualified as high-risk, an additional battery of questions, lasting about 20 minutes, was administered. Seven different follow-up batteries were used, one for each likely combination of risk factors: homosexual/bisexual respondents; multiple/high-risk partner heterosexuals; recreational drug users; homosexual/bisexual men who were also recreational drug users; multiple/high-risk partner heterosexuals who were also recreational drug users; homosexual/bisexual men who were also multiple/high-risk partner heterosexuals; and high-risk individuals falling into all three high-risk groups. A number of substantive areas were surveyed: demographic characteristics of the three defined risk groups; prevalence of AIDS risk behaviors; perceived impact of the epidemic upon respondents; AIDS knowledge; sources of information about AIDS; medical care and insurance coverage; blood donation and transfusion; and information regarding respondents' sexual relationships, AIDS-related communication and condom usage. A total of 352 variables were assessed in this data set.

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