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Volume 14, Number 5—May 2008

Social Support and Response to AIDS and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Arijit Nandi*, Melissa Tracy†, Allison Aiello†, Don C. Des Jarlais‡, and Sandro Galea†§¶Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; †University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; ‡Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York, USA; §New York Academy of Medicine, New York, New York, USA; ¶Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York, USA

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Table 1

Measures of knowledge of, worry about, and stigmatization of AIDS and SARS*

Measure Question and response options Outcome definition
Knowledge of AIDS/SARS Have you heard about AIDS (SARS) a great deal, some, not much, or not at all? Binary: poorly informed (not much or not at all) versus not poorly informed (some or a great deal)
Worry about AIDS/SARS Are you very, somewhat, or not at all worried about contracting AIDS (SARS)? Binary: very worried versus not very worried (somewhat or not at all)
Stigmatization of AIDS/SARS Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with the following statements about controlling AIDS (SARS)?
Requiring Americans with AIDS (SARS) to wear 
identification tags
The government announcing it will execute persons 
who knowingly spread AIDS (SARS)
Quarantining or separating all persons with AIDS
(SARS) from others in the United States
Avoiding areas in the United States that are heavily 
populated by gay men (Chinese)
Forcing all gay men (Chinese) to be medically checked
Not allowing gay men (Chinese) to enter the 
United States Continuous: a summary stigmatization scale was constructed for each disease by adding responses to each of the 6 stigma questions; Cronbach α was 0.80 for the AIDS stigmatization scale and 0.72 for the SARS stigmatization scale

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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