Attitudes to AIDS Now
Most people say that the USA is making progress in fighting AIDS, but they do know there's no cure and strongly disagree that "the AIDS epidemic(疫病)is over," a new sur-vey finds.
The findings, released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, reassure activists who have worried that public concern about AIDS might disappear in light of recent news about advances in treatment and declines in deaths. "While people are very optimistic a-bout the advances, they're still realistic about the fact that there is no cure. "says Sophia Chang, director of HIV programs at the foundation.
The Kaiser survey, like a recent USA TODAY Gallup Poll, does find that the number
of people ranking AIDS as the country's top health problem has fallen. In the Kaiser poll,38% say it's the top concern, down from 44% in a 1996 poll; in the Gallup Poll, 29% say AIDS in No. 1, down from 41% in 1992 and 67% in 1987. Other findings from Kaiser,which polled more than 1,200 adults in September and October and asked additional ques- tions of another 1,000 adults in November: 52% say the country is making progress a-gainst AIDS, up from 32% in 1995. 52% say the government spends too little on AIDS.86% correctly say AIDS drugs can now lengthen lives; an equal number correctly say that the drugs are not cures. 67% incorrectly say that AIDS deaths increased or stayed the same in the past year； 24% know deaths fell.
Daniel Zingale, director of AIDS Action Council, says, "I'm encouraged that the A-merican people are getting the message that the AIDS epidemic isn't over. I hope the deci-sion-makers in Washington are getting the same message. We have seen signs of compla-cency. "
41. What do activists worry about?
A. Recent news about AIDS is not true.
B. People may stop worrying about AIDS.
C. Deaths caused by AIDS may not decline.
D. Advances in AIDS treatment are too slow.
42. According to the passage, people's attitude toward the cure of AIDS is__________.
43. The Gallup Poll shows that the number of people__________.
A. who suffer from the worst disease AIDS has fallen
B. who think AIDS threatens the countryside has fallen
C. who worry about AIDS and health problems has fallen
D. who think AIDS is the country's top health killer has fallen
44. According to the Kaiser Poll, which of the following is NOT correct?
A. The country is making progress against AIDS.
B. AIDS drugs still cannot save people's lives.
C. AIDS drugs can now make people live longer.
D. More and more people die of AIDS now.
45. The word "message" in the last paragraph means__________.
A. printed news