5 Myths About HIV-AIDS | Republika Online

There are a number of myths that develop about HIV-AIDS, including about how it is transmitted.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — December 1 is celebrated as Hari AIDS World around the world. The warning is recognized by the United Nations and aims to spread awareness about the AIDS condition.

HIV has emerged as an epidemic for years and according to UNAIDS, 7.7 million people are at risk of dying from AIDS. The following are myths about the disease, reported by: Times Now News on Thursday (2/12).

Myth 1: Heterosexual people are not susceptible to HIV
Fact: A person’s sexual orientation cannot determine their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Sexual intercourse with an HIV-positive person regardless of their gender can lead to transmission of the disease. Therefore, practicing safe sex is recommended by experts around the world.

Myth 2: HIV AIDS can be spread through touch
Fact: This is one of the most common myths leading to widespread mistreatment of people with HIV. It is important to know that HIV not spread by touch.

This disease can only be passed from one person to another through the exchange of bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. Other modes of transmission include pregnancy, sexual intercourse, and sharing needles.

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