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Common Myths Around HIV

HIV and the myths around it

Some quick facts:

  1. There are a number of myths around; however, the facts about how you can get HIV are really simple.
  2. After understanding how HIV is transmitted really, you can save yourself from a lot of worry and tension and aid in busting the myths among the others as well.
  3. Amongst the most common myths the people with HIV get to hear is that they can be cured. There is no cure for HIV yet. However, anti-retro-viral treatment works and can keep the HIV patient healthy.

Over the past 30 years, deluded and erroneous ideas about AIDS and HIV have at times brought on the behaviors which cause the people to get the virus. Even though we still have questions about the HIV, the researchers have discovered so much- enough to get the idea that the people who are HIV + are not doomed or dangerous.

Debunking the common myths

Myth: HIV is an LGBT or a gay disease

The truth: even though the rates of HIV are quite higher among the LGBTQ community members, it is by no means just confined to LGBTQ peeps. Anyone- no matter of their sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other factors- can get HIV. Calling HIV as an LGBTQ or a ‘gay’ disease is medically wrong and just serves to bolster harmful stereotypes about the people living with HIV and the LGBT community members.

Myth: HIV is not the cause of AIDS

The truth: HIV causes AIDS, not government conspiracies, AZT, party drugs or anything else. In case you have AIDS, you are HIV +. In case you don’t have HIV, you can’t get AIDS. This is verified by more than 25 years of solid scientific proof.

Myth: there’s no need of using condom at the time of sexual contact in case both the partners already have HIV.

The truth: there are different strains in the HIV. In case a condom isn’t used at the time of sex, HIV+ partners can exchange the various kinds of HIV. This can result in re- infection which will make the HIV treatment more difficult. The new HIV strain can become more resistant to the present treatment being taken, and can be the cause of the ineffectiveness of the present treatment.

Can you get HIV by sharing a water glass with someone who is HIV +?

  • No, HIV can be transmitted only via unprotected sex, sharing needles, direct blood to blood contact and breastfeeding from an HIV positive person.

Preventing the transmission of HIV

  • Always practice safe sex
  • Do not share personal care items such as razors or needles
  • Get tested –a confidential blood test can be done at any sexual health clinic or GP.

Relation between HIV and AIDS

HIV is short for ‘Human Immune deficiency Virus’. This virus causes AIDS- acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Even though this virus is the elemental cause of AIDS, not all the HIV+ people have AIDS because HIV can stay in a latent state for a lot of years.

There’s no cure for HIV or AIDS yet, unluckily. But people with HIV can still live a productive and a long life. Even though the number of HIV infections has staged, there are still about 50 thousand new infections every year in the US alone. AIDS and HIV diseases are still very much of a top public health concerns. Even with the progress in the testing and the availability of the medications such as PrEP, now is just not the time for letting your guards down. HIV symptoms can vary from one person to another. Some people may not even show any symptoms at all.

 

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