National Health Interview Survey, 1987: AIDS Supplement (ICPSR 9271)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The basic purpose of the Health Interview Survey (HIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. Person variables include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. This AIDS Supplement also features information on knowledge of and attitudes towards the disease. Variables include questions on the effects of the disease, how AIDS is spread, where to obtain information on AIDS, blood tests for AIDS, how to avoid getting the disease, and personal knowledge of anyone who had the test for AIDS or had the virus or AIDS disease.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1987: AIDS Supplement. ICPSR09271-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    AIDS, attitudes, beliefs, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, disease, disease prevention, health, health behavior, health care, health care services, health education, health problems, HIV, illness, information sources

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The supplements to the Health Interview Surveys may be used independently, since they incorporate the person file data for this subset. The National Center for Health Statistics now refers to these supplements as current health topics. The age and race distributions for this file are: N=10,029 ages 17-44, N=2,136 ages 45-54, N=2,089 ages 55-64, N=2,004 ages 65-74, N=1,438 ages 75+, N=14,746 white, N=2,484 black, and N=466 other. The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes.


Sample:    Multistage probability sample with Hispanic oversample (total N of Hispanics equals 1,037).

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: Individual identifiers have been removed from the microdata tapes available from the National Center for Health Statistics. Nevertheless, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics may not be used for any purpose other than for statistical reporting. ICPSR recommends to users that individual elementary unit data contained in this collection be used solely for statistical research.


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-12-15

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