This measure uses 10 self-reported items from the second round of the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) Women's Questionnaire. IHDS is a nationally representative, multi-dimensional survey conducted across India. This measure captures knowledge, perception and practices of women around HIV /AIDS. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original questionnaire here.
1. Have you ever heard of an illness called HIV / AIDS?
If Yes: There are many beliefs about how people can get HIV/AIDS. For each of these beliefs, I would like to know whether you think that is a way people can get HIV/AIDS
2. By an injection with a needle that has been used on a person with HIV/AIDS?
3. By mosquito bite?
4. By getting blood transfusion with blood is infected with HIV/AIDS?
5. By having sex with a person infected with HIV / AIDS?
6. By sharing food or utensils with a person infected with HIV / AIDS?
7. By sharing clothes with a person infected with HIV/AIDS?
8. Where did you get most of your information about HIV/AIDS?
Doctor / Nurse / Health worker
Friends / Relatives
9. Do you know anyone who has HIV / AIDS?
10. I don't want to know the results, but have you ever been tested if you have HIV / AIDS, for example during pregnancy?
Desai, S., & Vanneman, R. (2015). India Human Development Survey-II (IHDS-II). Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. https://doi. org/10.3886/ICPSR36151. v6.
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