PEOPLE are less aware of how HIV is transmitted than they were five years ago, says a poll out today.
Despite rising infection levels in Britain, 12% fewer people know the virus can be passed on through unprotected sex.
Some people still believe that HIV can be passed on through kissing, spitting or sharing toilet seats, research by the Natio- nal Aids Trust found.
One in eight would ask a new partner to take an HIV or sexually-transmitted infections test before stopp- ing using condoms.
The poll of more than 2,000 people found in 2005, 79% knew HIV could be passed on through sex between a man and a woman without a condom - down from 91% in 2000.