Thursday, December 5, 2013
5 Common AIDS/HIV Myths That Need to be Busted
Myth #1 - Men can't get HIV from women
This is totally incorrect. Although men infected with HIV can more easily pass the disease on to a woman, HIV can also be passed from an infected women to a man. Make no mistake about this.
Myth #2 - Straight people who don't use drugs will never get HIV
While leading a risky lifestyle, including the use of drugs and homosexual behavior, increases the risk of getting HIV, this does not preclude others from getting it. About 78 percent of HIV-positive women and 16 percent of HIV-positive men became infected through heterosexual contact.
Myth #3 - People being treated for HIV can't spread the virus to others
Not true. HIV treatments reduce the amount of virus in the blood but can't prevent it from showing up in other areas where it might be hiding even during treatment.
Myth #4 - You can't get HIV from oral sex
Yes you can. It may be less of a risk but you can definitely get HIV from a man or a woman who is HIV-positive by having oral sex.
Myth #5 - Being HIV-positive is a death sentence
This was more true years ago when AIDS and HIV was first discovered. But research and advanced treatment today with antiretroviral drugs have enabled more AIDS and HIV-positive people to live much longer and more productive lives.
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