1. I have just been diagnosed...I am going to die.
This is the biggest myth of all. In fact people are living with HIV longer today than ever before. Meds, treatment programs, and a better understanding of HIV allows those infected to live normal, healthy, productive lives.
The meds have made it possible.

2. Why don't we have a vaccine? It should be easy!
While progress is being made, vaccine development is not without its challenges and difficulties. Many experts feel we are still many many years from an affective HIV vaccine.
What progress is being made in vaccine development?

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

4. My family doctor can treat my HIV.
The fact is, experts believe that given the complexities of HIV care, only HIV specialists should manage your care. Be sure to choose a doctor who cares for HIV patients regularly.
How to choose the right doctor for you.

5. We don't need a condom for oral sex.
Again, untrue and a very dangerous myth. Condoms must be used each and every sexual encounter; vaginal, anal and oral.
Surprising statistics about HIV and oral sex.

6. I have HIV...I can't have children.
This used to be true but not anymore. Women living with HIV can and do have families. While certain steps and precautions have to be taken, women can now have the families they always dreamed about.
Women with HIV can start a family.

7. People over 50 don't get HIV.
Don't bet on it. In fact, people over 50 make up a rapidly growing segment of the HIV population.
What seniors need to know about HIV.

8. We both have HIV...we don't need a condom.
Not true. Experts are seeing more an more incidences of re-infection, making HIV treatment even more difficult.
Why do we need to use condoms?

9. HIV only affects gay men and drug users
In fact, HIV can infect anyone. Babies, women, seniors over 50, teens, blacks, whites and hispanics. At risk behavior can lead to infection in anyone.
Who is HIV affecting most?

10. HIV is the same as AIDS
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.
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replied February 2nd, 2009
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all great tips and true facts.thx.
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replied February 18th, 2009
5th myth.
5. We don't need a condom for oral sex.
Again, untrue and a very dangerous myth. Condoms must be used each and every sexual encounter; vaginal, anal and oral.
Surprising statistics about HIV and oral sex.

This is not a myth. Why do you lie? There isn't a single case of HIV transmission ONLY from oral sex. It sure transmits other STDs, but not HIV.
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replied March 9th, 2009
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'theteacher' where on earth do you get your facts from? Swallowing infected semen can transmit the disease. Also think about all the cuts in your mouth the small minute cuts made on day to day eating. I'm not sure where you found out that quote "There isn't a single case of HIV transmission ONLY from oral sex." Firstly there are a lot of people living with the virus who claim to not know how they contracted it. Also bodily fluids passes on the disease. What do you think semen is?
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replied March 9th, 2009
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theteacher could you post the link or article where you got your facts from please.
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