HIV/AIDS: Myths busted
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HIV/AIDS: myths busted

By Steph Haase Friday, December 4, 2015 - 06:26
Many people are afraid of HIV and for good reason. Don't worry though: we are here to bust myths and leave you confident about your knowledge.
You can get HIV through hugging and kissing

No, you can't. Blood, vaginal, rectal, seminal fluids as well as breast milk are the only means of HIV transmission. While spit does contain the virus, you would need bucket loads of spit to risk infection. And we sincerely hope that you never experience kissing someone with that much spit involved!

You should avoid kissing someone who has bleeding wounds in their mouths though, especially if you do, too. Because then there is a risk of infection.

You can get HIV from sharing glasses and cutlery

Nope. Just as with kissing, this is impossible. Even in the unlikely case of encountering traces of blood on a fork you are using, you aren't at risk. The virus can't survive outside the body for long.

Mosquitoes can give you HIV

Wrong. Mosquitoes can give you a bunch of nasty diseases, but not HIV. Because when an insect bites a person, it doesn't inject its own or a previously bitten person's blood into the next person it bites.

You can't protect yourself from getting HIV

Yes, you can. Use condoms with all your partners, unless you are in a relationship with a faithful partner and you both get tested regularly. Or until you are in a relationship like that, you can decide not to have sex at all, to abstain. All this will help to keep you safe from HIV.

There is no need to use condoms if you are both infected

Even if you are both infected, you should still use condoms whenever you have sex. Otherwise, you can get re-infected or get infected with a different type of the virus. And that makes treatment more difficult and can reduce your life expectancy.

You get HIV from naughty behavior

No. People have had multiple sex partners, bought sex from sex workers and used drugs for a long time before the first HIV/AIDS cases were known.

Being HIV-positive doesn't mean that you have done something bad. You can also get infected through a blood transfusion, at birth or by having sex with a partner who is HIV-positive.

If you’re HIV-positive, you can't have children 

Thanks to all the research and new developments within the HIV/AIDS field, it is now very possible for HIV-positive mothers and fathers to have healthy babies. It takes some careful planning and help from your healthcare provider. But if you follow the guidelines closely, your chances of having an HIV-negative baby are very high.

You can tell if somebody is HIV-positive

No, you can't. Most people with HIV look perfectly healthy. And only once someone has gotten to the AIDS stage (usually eight to 10 years after getting infected), some signs and symptoms can be visible. But thanks to the great medications available today, even then a person might still look and feel healthy for many more years.

You can get rid of HIV by sleeping with certain people

Having unprotected sex with virgins, children, people with disabilities or large people will not cure you of HIV. So don't believe the myths, and don't even consider doing it!

Read 'HIV/AIDS: Myths busted, part 2'

 

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Okey I recently discovered that my husband is HIV he has never told me.we have a kid mi ad my kid ar both okey ad we still have unprotected sex.he doesn't know that I have known plse advise.
Hi Anna, how do you know he is HIV-positive? And have you and your kid both been tested? You need to talk to him about this. This isn't just about him, it's about your health. And you need to protect yourself. You are lucky you haven't been infected yet and you need to do everything to protect yourself from infections in the future.
I just saw hi taking some medicine. A he has a card of taking ARVS.,I have gone for test and am negative and he still cheating on me.should I leave him?
Hi Anna, I think you need to think about your relationship. If your boyfriend doesn't disclose his status, he is putting you at risk. Not to mention that he is still cheating. So there is the HIV on the one hand, and the infidelity. Is this what you want out of a relationship? Or do you think you deserve something better? Tale some time to think about it!
If a woman use a female condom to have sex with two men for one night n one of the man is a positive,do the second one at a risk of being infected, i.e she didnt remove the sperms of the first man as the second enters
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