Since the Utah Department of Health's AIDS Hotline started operation on May 24, some 421 people have called for information as of June 8, Craig Nichos, state director of epidemiology told the AIDS Advisory Committee Wednesday night.
Most responses were concentrated on June 1 and 2 when a federal AIDS pamphlet was delivered to most Utah residences. Some 196 calls were received on those two days on the hotline at the health department.People who call on the computerized information hotline are offered the choice of several recorded messages and opportunity to talk to a health worker during business hours.
"By far, AIDS testing has been the most popular," Nichols said. Other hotline subjects are safe-sex methods and statistics of AIDS cases in Utah and in United States, he said.
In addition, Nichols said a number of phone calls were received at the health department and most have been complimentary about the AIDS pamphlet.
Since the AIDS pamphlet was distributed in the state, 133 Utah residents have called the national toll-free number printed there and been referred to the state hotline.
The state's hotline number is 1-800-537-1046. Salt Lake AIDS Foundation volunteers can also answer questions at 531-8238.