More than 40 percent of Europeans take no precautions against contracting HIV/AIDS during casual sex, a new E.U.-wide survey found. In the 10 newest E.U. member states, mostly from the former communist bloc, AIDS awareness was even lower, according to the Eurobarometer poll. In the former Eastern bloc, only 34 percent of respondents said they wore condoms to prevent HIV transmission. Many Europeans don’t know how the virus is passed, with nearly half saying they think it could be transmitted by kissing or sharing a glass. Half a million people are HIV-positive in Western Europe alone.
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