HIV and AIDS Myths

HIV and AIDS are the same thing

In fact this couldn't be further from the truth. HIV is a virus and AIDS is a collection of illnesses. Knowing the difference between the two is a very important part of understanding both. Simply put HIV and AIDS are not the same thing.

We both have HIV and AIDS..we don't need condom

Not true. Experts are seeing more an more incidences of re-infection, making HIV and AIDS treatment even more difficult.

I can't have children

This used to be true but not anymore. Women living with HIV and AIDS can and do have families. While certain steps and precautions have to be taken, women can now have the families they always dreamed about.

HIV and AIDS can be cured.

While many make claims of miraculous cures, the sad truth is there is no cure for HIV and AIDS. Be careful of claims or cures and miracles. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

I have just been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS...I am going to die.

This is the biggest myth of all. In fact people are living with HIV and AIDS longer today than ever before. Medications, treatment programs, and a better understanding of HIV and AIDS allows those infected to live normal, healthy, productive lives.

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