Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 788–795 | Cite as

HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes Among Chinese College Students in the US

Original Paper


This study assessed knowledge and attitudes about HIV/AIDS and sources of HIV/STI information among Chinese college students living in the USA and explored specific factors associated with knowledge levels and types of sources of information. We surveyed 133 Chinese students enrolled in three US universities. About 41.4 % believed that HIV could be contracted through mosquito bites, and 22.6 % were unaware that condoms could prevent HIV. Sources of HIV/STI information were the mass media. Males were more likely to demonstrate a higher HIV/AIDS knowledge level than females. Graduate students were more likely to cite television as a source of information, and less likely to mention school teachers, than were undergraduate students. These ethnic minority immigrant students held misconceptions about HIV transmission and prevention, and possibly utilized information of varying quality. Accordingly this study identifies specific objectives for education, including basic biology and diversity issues from evidence-based sources.


AIDS Attitudes Chinese college student HIV Knowledge 



This study was supported by the Junior Faculty Research Grant, University of Nevada-Reno, NV, USA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orvis School of NursingUniversity of Nevada-RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.School of Community Health SciencesUniversity of Nevada-RenoRenoUSA

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