HIV/AIDS - Myth versus Reality
Myth: HIV or AIDS can be cured
Myth: HIV/AIDS is a gay disease.
Myth: You can get HIV from breathing the air around an HIV-infected
person or from hugging or holding hands with an HIV-infected person.
HIV is transmitted through contact with an HIV-positive person's infected body fluids, such as semen, pre-ejaculate fluid, vaginal fluids, blood, or breast milk. HIV can also be transmitted through needles contaminated with HIV-infected blood, including needles used for injecting drugs, tattooing or body piercing.
Myth: I can get HIV by sharing exercise equipment or playing sports
with an HIV-positive person.
Myth: You can get HIV by kissing an HIV-infected person.
Myth: You cannot get HIV if you are using birth control methods like
diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, spermicides, DepoProvera, Norplant, or the
Myth: I can't have more than one sexually transmitted disease (STD) at
Myth: There is no such thing as safer sex.
Myth: Since I only have oral sex, I'm not at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Myth: I would know if a loved one or I had HIV.
Myth: Getting tested for HIV is pointless.
Myth: When you're on HIV therapy you can't transmit the virus to
Source: American Association of World Health
Last Editorial Review: 8/8/2002
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