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Top ten HIV/AIDS myths

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There are many HIV and AIDS myths out there. Sadly, HIV and AIDS myths prey on the weak and vulnerable. HIV and AIDS myths are dangerous and contribute to prejudice and stigma.{{more}} Let’s dispel the HIV and AIDS myths out there with this list of the top ten HIV and AIDS related myths.

1. I have just been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS…I am going to die.

This is the biggest myth of all. In fact people are living with HIV and AIDS longer today than ever before. Medications, treatment programs, and a better understanding of HIV and AIDS allows those infected to live normal, healthy, productive lives.

2. Why don’t we have an HIV and AIDS vaccine? It should be easy!

While progress is being made, HIV and AIDS vaccine development is not without its challenges and difficulties. Many experts feel we are still many many years from an affective HIV and AIDS vaccine.

3. HIV and AIDS can be cured.

While many make claims of miraculous cures, the sad truth is there is no cure for HIV and AIDS. Be careful of claims or cures and miracles. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

4. My family doctor can treat my HIV and AIDS.

The fact is, experts believe that given the complexities of HIV and AIDS care, only HIV specialists should manage your care. Be sure to choose a doctor who cares for HIV and AIDS patients regularly.

5. We don’t need a condom for oral sex.

Again, untrue and a very dangerous myth. Condoms must be used each and every sexual encounter; vaginal, anal and oral.

6. I have HIV and AIDS…I can’t have children.

This used to be true but not anymore. Women living with HIV and AIDS can and do have families. While certain steps and precautions have to be taken, women can now have the families they always dreamed about.

7. People over 50 don’t get HIV and AIDS.

Don’t bet on it. In fact, people over 50 make up a rapidly growing segment of the HIV and AIDS population.

8. We both have HIV and AIDS…we don’t need a condom.

Not true. Experts are seeing more an more incidences of re-infection, making HIV and AIDS treatment even more difficult.

9. HIV and AIDS only affect gay men and drug users

In fact, HIV and AIDS can infect anyone. Babies, women, seniors over 50, teens, blacks, whites and Hispanics. At risk behaviour can lead to infection in anyone.

10. HIV and AIDS are the Same Thing

In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. HIV is a virus and AIDS is a collection of illnesses. Knowing the difference between the two is a very important part of understanding both. Simply put, HIV and AIDS are not the same thing.

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