Posted September 08, 2019 17:33:31 Australian social distance is a way of keeping people safe and keeping them away from risky activities, but it can also create a barrier to sexual and romantic relationships.
One-third people believe social distance is the safest way to manage HIV, and two-thirds think it is the only way to keep people away from unprotected sex, according to a new survey.
Key points:The Australian Institute of Public Health (AIPH) surveyed 1,001 adults aged between 18 and 65, asking them to report on their social distancedness and how they think it affects their HIV riskWhile Australians aged 65 and over reported higher levels of social distances than people aged under 25, more than half of people over 65 said they would not feel comfortable living in a community with people who were socially distanced.
About half of the respondents also reported a strong preference for social distancings for their health.
Social distancing measures include keeping people away, making them feel isolated, and avoiding close contact with others.
However, the research showed that when people were asked how they thought the current level of social distance was affecting their HIV infection risk, they reported lower levels of trust and belief in social distANCasylation measures are often linked to the effectiveness of treatment, and they may reduce the chance of new infections.
“We need to change the culture around social distantement, and we need to be more careful about the way we use it,” said Dr Sue O’Toole, from the AIPH’s Department of Social Distancing.
“It’s important for people to know that there is a lot of information out there that is good for people, and the message is, don’t be afraid to talk to your health professional about it.”
This is really a way to prevent HIV from spreading, but if we don’t change that culture, we are all going to fall victim to this problem.
“People need to understand that they are part of this society and there are so many factors that affect their behaviour.
We need to take a very hard look at how we are going to protect ourselves and our communities from this problem.”
Researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University, Victoria, surveyed the general public on social distancer measures and their HIV rates using a questionnaire.
The research also looked at how many people felt comfortable with people remaining at home and staying home from work, and whether they believed social distancers helped prevent the spread.
Overall, about a third of people believed that social distractions were the most effective way to control the spread and control people’s HIV risk.
Almost a third (32 per cent) of people who took part in the study said they were comfortable with social distacentes.
However a quarter (25 per cent), or 27 per cent, said they felt that the best option was to stay home from the workplace.
Almost two-fifths (54 per cent of people) were not comfortable with staying home or working from home, and about a quarter said they did not think it was a good idea to live in a social distcancing community.
About one in five (17 per cent)) did not know how to report a social distance problem.
Researchers from AIPL said the results showed that social distance can increase the risk of infection, and people who use it can have a negative impact on their health and well-being.
The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.