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Myth vs. Fact

Myth: You can catch HIV/AIDS from kissing.
Fact: HIV/AIDS cannot be passed through saliva. The fact is HIV/AIDS can only be passed through breast milk, blood, a man's sexual fluid or a woman's sexual fluid.

Myth: If infected blood is on a toilet seat, you will catch the virus.
Fact: In order to catch the virus, you must have an open cut that comes in direct contact with infected blood.

Myth: You can contract HIV/AIDS from using eating utensils behind an infected person
Fact: HIV/AIDS cannot be spread though saliva. The only way you can catch HIV/AIDS from an eating utensil is if an infected person has an open cut and bleeds on the utensil and then you have an open cut in your mouth and the blood goes directly into the open wound in your mouth.

Myth: If you get pregnant and have HIV/AIDS, your child will be born with the virus.
Fact: Women who are infected with HIV/AIDS can give birth to children who are not infected. Pregnant women have to go to a specialist and get specific medicine to prevent passing HIV/AIDS to the unborn child.

Myth: You cannot get HIV/AIDS if you donít allow the man to ejaculate inside of you.
FACT: HIV/AIDS can be contained in pre-cum.

Myth: Only homosexuals and lesbians can contract HIV/AIDS. Heterosexual people cannot contract the HIV/AIDS virus.
FACT: HIV/AIDS is not a disease only for homosexuals. It is passed regardless of a personís orientation.

Myth: I am young. I cannot get HIV/AIDS.
Fact: Unprotected sex and/or shared needles will infect anyone regardless of age.

Myth: You can tell if someone has HIV/AIDS by looking at them. People who have HIV/AIDS look sick.
Fact: There is no look to someone who has HIV/AIDS.

Myth: People with HIV/AIDS will have lesions.
Fact: There are many different strands of HIV/AIDS. Not all strands develop lesions.

Myth: You can catch HIV/AIDS by touching someone who has it.
FACT: HIV/AIDS can only be passed through breast milk, blood, a man's sexual fluid or a woman's sexual fluid.

Myth: Babies can contract HIV/AIDS by being touched by an infected person on their soft spot.
FACT: HIV/AIDS can only be passed through breast milk, blood, a man's sexual fluid or a woman's sexual fluid.


Myth: People who have HIV/AIDS are dirty.
FACT: Cleanliness has nothing to do with HIV/AIDS.

Myth: AIDS is not treatable
FACT: While there is no cure to AIDS. There is currently medication out to treat AIDS.

Myth: All HIV/AIDS are the same.
Fact: There are many different strands of HIV/AIDS.

Myth: You stop getting your period once you have HIV/AIDS.
Fact: HIV/AIDS does not stop menstrual cycles.

Myth: Homosexuals are more prone to have HIV/AIDS than anyone else.
Fact: HIV/AIDS does not discriminate.

Myth: Drinking bleach will get rid of HIV/AIDS in your system.
Fact: There is no cure for HIV/AIDS.

Myth: People that have HIV/AIDS should be made to disclose their status to everyone.
Fact: Being made to disclose their status to the public does not make the public any more or less equipped to fight the virus. People who have HIV/AIDS have the right to privacy just like anyone else.

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