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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AIDS - Common Myths


Common Myths

There are many misunderstandings and misconception about HIV. Check how much you know with our 21 common myths and facts about HIV.

  • Myth: You can’t have a baby if you or your partner is HIV positive.
  • If someone with HIV decides to have a child, there are options available to them to enable them to have a baby without infecting their partner and steps that can be taken to ensure their baby is not HIV positive.
  • Myth: If you get HIV you’ll die soon.
  • Myth: You can tell by looking at someone if they have HIV.
  • Myth: It takes months before you can have a test for find out if you are infected with HIV.
  • Myth: If you have a test you face a long wait to find out the result.
  • Myth: Only gay men get HIV.
  • Myth: HIV is no longer a serious issue in the UK.
  • Myth: I don’t know anyone living with HIV.
  • Myth: My partner would tell me if they had HIV.
  • Myth: I don’t need to worry about HIV anymore because there are really good treatments available.
  • Myth: People with HIV can’t work.
  • Myth: Lots of people come to the UK to get free treatment for HIV
  • Myth: Only old people get HIV.
  • Myth: You can get HIV from someone who spits at you or bites you.
  • Myth: You can get HIV if you stand on a discarded needle.
  • Myth: HIV treatment is free to everyone in the UK who needs it.
  • Myth: It’s very easy for me to catch HIV from someone who is infected.
  • Myth: All young people learn about HIV and how to protect themselves at school.
  • Myth: There are no symptoms of HIV
  • Myth: There is no benefit to getting tested early if you think you have HIV.
  • Myth: My test results won’t be kept confidential.

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