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5 Common Myths about HIV and AIDS

 

Are you always afraid that you might have HIV or AIDS? Luckily, we have compiled here some common myths about HIV and AIDS that you need to change!

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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