Where some broaching topics like drug abuse and sex, are usually in discussion, people should definitely got to know more about HIV, its causes, symptoms, myths and facts. This awareness is a vital aspect and the conversation should be open and clear.
Let us debunk the reality behind some common beliefs for HIV/AIDS.
- A person is always aware if he’s HIV- It is not necessary that a person is aware of the facts, if he/she is HIV positive. In fact around 1.1 million people in US are HIV infected and most of them remain unaware of the fact. Many of the people with this infection feel healthy as others. People usually think like “I can’t have HIV” as you don’t do anything improper. But this is one of the biggest myths that are associated with denial.
- HIV and AIDS are same- HIV is a virus infection that may or may not convert into AIDS. A person can live with HIV for years without developing AIDS.
- A Person is Safe not being in “High Risk Group”- High risk groups include prostitutes, men having sex with other men, needle sharers. Most of the people think that just that they don’t belong to any of these; they don’t need an HIV test. But you can get this virus from anywhere such as your partner has slept sometime with a HIV positive person without your knowledge. There no hallmark certificate to anything.
- Both of us are HIV Positive- If this is the case, even then you are not allowed to have unprotected sex as you may have different virus infections, and having unsafe sex means you will be transmitting more infections and STDs to each other.
- HIV Transmission by Antiretroviral Drugs is Impossible- It is possible, but how. Drugs usually lower the amount of viruses but when someone gets infected with new strain of virus, which is resistant to the drugs and even can stimulate AIDS.
- Don’t think that your Doctor might have tested you- You doctor will always talk to you before testing you for HIV positive infection. You should get yourself checkedregularly for proper examination.
- HIV can’t be Transmitted through Oral Sex- Vaginal sex has been associated with less risk factors of getting HIV than oral sex.
So don’t take this infection lightly and better be aware and practice caution.