HIV and AIDS have been around for a while now and there are some myths that have been around as well. Here are some myths about the disease and the truth about them.
1. There are certain things that you can’t do if you are HIV positive like be a nurse or have a baby: There are no jobs that will not be within your reach even if you are positive. When having a baby, even if the parents are HIV positive there is only a 1% chance that the baby will be.
2. Having unprotected s*x with someone who is HIV positive is the worst thing you can do: If they know they are positive and are on drugs for it they are 96% less likely to pass the virus. You should still use protection however.
3. You can’t get HIV if you are in a monogamous relationship: More gay men contract HIV from their regular partner than strangers.
4. I didn’t contract HIV when I slept with someone who is positive so it must be safe to have unprotected s*x all the time with them: You never know when you could contract HIV so you should always have safe s*x.
5. There are some people who are immune to HIV/AIDS: While this is true it is extremely rare and only happens in less than 1% of the population.
6. You can tell that someone is positive just by looking at them: This is false. When someone has HIV even they may not know it. Unless it has developed into late-stage full-blown AIDS you wouldn’t know that they are sick.
7. HIV is the same things as AIDS: No, this is not true. HIV is the immune virus that can cause AIDS if you don’t get treated for the HIV. People who have a quick diagnosis and treatment often never contract AIDS and live long and normal lives.