80% of Americans say HIV is serious national issue: 4 poll findings

Eighty percent of Americans view the HIV epidemic as a serious national issue, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

For the poll, KFF surveyed a nationally representative group of 1,211 U.S. adults via phone between March 13 and March 18.

Four poll findings:

1. Forty-one percent of black adults and 51 percent of Hispanic adults said they were concerned about contracting HIV. Three in 10 said they were "very concerned."

2. About half of Americans (52 percent) agreed "the U.S. is making progress" in the fight against HIV. This trend was consistent across party lines, race/ethnicity and whether respondents knew someone living with HIV.

3. Americans' awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has increased from 14 percent in 2014 to 42 percent in 2019. However, KFF noted most Americans are still unaware of the medication that helps lower the risk of getting an HIV infection.

4. Sixty percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats said they were confident the Trump administration can achieve its goal to eliminate the HIV epidemic by 2030. Forty-nine percent of independents shared the same confidence.

To view the full survey, click here.

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