True or false ?
What do YOU really know about HIV and AIDS ?
Let’s be honest, we’ve all heard a lot of things concerning HIV and AIDS, but at the end of the day, it seems like most of us have no clear idea of what they actually are. This stake is one of the most important, and it’s why we need to educate ourselves to learn what they REALLY consist of.
There is so much information being spread on this topic, but it’s essential to know which is true and which is false. Consequently, to enlighten you in this topic, here’s a list of some myths you probably thought were 100% true.
- HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED BY AN HIV-POSITIVE PERSON’S SALIVA (DURING KISSING OR WHILE SHARING UTENSILS FOR INSTANCE).
FALSE: Scientific experiments show that HIV can’t be spread through
saliva, since the amount of the virus present in the saliva is too small to
infect anyone else.
BE CAREFUL: HIV is transmittable through other liquids such as blood,
semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid and breast milk.
- HAVING HIV AND AIDS AUTOMATICALLY LEADS TO AN EARLY DEATH.
FALSE: With new antiretroviral drugs (ART), HIV-positive people have a
much longer life expectancy than before. Indeed, these drugs stop the
proliferation of the virus in the body, which allows the immune cells to be
stronger and healthier.
BE CAREFUL: The virus, while being diminished, is still in the HIV-
positive person’s body and can still infect others.
- YOU WILL KNOW RIGHT AWAY IF YOU’RE INFECTED.
FALSE: Amongst the 1.1 million HIV-positive people in the United States, 1
in 6 has no idea he or she is infected.
THANKFULLY: There are many ways you can protect yourself from HIV
and AIDS, such as using condoms during sexual intercourse, avoiding blood
on blood contact, getting tested often for sexually transmitted infections and
by not using someone else’s needles if you’re injecting drugs.