Myth #1: HIV infections always lead to death
HIV infection is now a manageable long-term illness that can be treated by the latest medicines. It is no longer a death sentence.
Modern HIV treatment can save thousands of lives around the world. With medical breakthroughs, people with HIV can now live like HIV-negative people.
Myth #2: Oral sex will not lead to HIV infections
Doing oral sex is not the main mode of transmission for the HIV virus, but there is a higher possibility that it can lead to HIV infections if you have mouth abrasions, sores and cuts, or if you had a recent dental procedure like tooth extraction.
Myth #3: HIV and AIDS are the same
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is its resultant condition. Most people with HIV can now even halt the progress of their infection through advanced treatments.
Myth #4: People with HIV cannot have sex with uninfected ones
Using protection like condoms while having sex with HIV-positive persons can avoid HIV virus transmission. Having sex with someone who has HIV infection and who is on treatment has 0% risk of transmitting the virus because treatment leads to an undetectable viral load.
Myth #5: HIV-positive people cannot have children
HIV treatment will be given by your health care provider as soon as possible when you are planning for pregnancy. As long as a woman with HIV continues to take her prescribed medicines during the entire pregnancy (including labor and delivery), and during 4 to 6 weeks after birth, she will have less than 1% risk of transmitting the virus.
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