HIV can be found in people who are fit and well, as symptoms can take years to develop. Without treatment HIV will eventually lead to AIDS which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. At this point, several potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses develop due to the immune system being severely damaged by the HIV virus.
Myth 1: HIV is communicable/airborne
HIV cannot be caught by holding hands, kissing, sharing utensils, using the same toilet etc. It can only be transmitted through the exchange of infected blood or body fluids (vaginal fluid & semen) and breast milk.
Myth 2: HIV cannot be transmitted through oral sex
Don’t fall foul to the misconception that HIV cannot be caught through oral sex. Although there may be no penetration, the virus can be contracted this way as bodily fluids are exchanged.
Myth 3: Having HIV means you have AIDS
HIV can be managed properly and the infected can live a long healthy life once it is detected early and proper treatment is used. Having HIV does not mean you will then develop AIDS.
Myth 4: Mosquitoes spread HIV
The virus cannot survive in insects which means catching the virus through mosquitoes is impossible.
Myth 5: HIV infection shows symptoms
HIV may not show any symptoms for several years until the immune system weakens. That is why early detection is key.
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