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Volume 11, Number 11—November 2005

Dispatch

Social Factors Associated with AIDS and SARS

Don C. Des Jarlais*Comments to Author , Jennifer Stuber†, Melissa Tracy‡, Susan Tross*, and Sandro Galea‡
Author affiliations: *Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York, USA; †Columbia University, New York, New York, USA; ‡New York Academy of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

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Table 2

Survey findings about respondents' worry about AIDS and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)*

Characteristic Total, n = 928 (%) Very worried,
Very worried
AIDS, n = 917 (%) p value SARS, n = 863 (%) p value
Sex
Male 402 (45.3) 20 (6.3) 0.553 10 (2.0) 0.006
Female 526 (54.7) 25 (5.0) 35 (8.0)
Race/ethnicity
White 579 (54.1) 8 (1.3) 13 (2.5) 0.028
Asian 50 (5.0) 2 (3.5) 4 (20.0)
Black 133 (18.9) 15 (8.4) 11 (7.2)
Hispanic 131 (19.5) 19 (15.4) 15 (8.3)
Other 21 (2.6) 0 (0.0) 2 (3.8)
Age, y
>65 147 (11.9) 4 (1.2) 10 (5.4)
55–64 125 (12.4) 3 (1.7) 6 (5.5)
45–54 185 (18.2) 8 (7.5) 6 (7.4)
35–44 215 (20.7) 11 (4.5) 10 (5.5)
25–34 185 (25.8) 16 (11.0) 7 (2.6)
18–24 61 (11.0) 3 (1.1) 0.006 5 (5.9) 0.723
Educational attainment
Graduate work 173 (13.8) 1 (1.0) <0.0001 4 (1.7) 0.250
College degree 306 (30.0) 5 (2.0) 13 (4.9)
Some college 172 (21.4) 7 (1.4) 11 (7.2)
High school/general education diploma 186 (25.2) 16 (10.4) 8 (3.6)
Less than high school 89 (9.6) 14 (18.9) 9 (13.3)
Marital status
Married 409 (52.9) 15 (4.4) 0.627 13 (5.5) 0.778
Divorced/separated/widowed 214 (15.8) 10 (6.0) 14 (5.4)
Never married/unmarried couple 298 (31.1) 19 (6.8) 15 (4.0)
Household income at baseline
>$75,000 262 (33.8) 4 (1.6) <0.001 10 (5.9) 0.197
$40,000–$74,999 217 (27.9) 6 (4.2) 6 (1.6)
$20,000–$39,999 158 (23.2) 11 (4.7) 10 (6.7)
<$20,000 130 (15.2) 18 (22.8) 11 (8.2)
Total 928 (100) 45 (5.6) 45 (5.2)

*Among those who had heard at least something about AIDS (n = 917) and SARS (n = 863), respectively.

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