Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

5 Facts & Fiction About HIV Transmission

Think you know everything you need to know about HIV/AIDS? Read down the below given facts and fiction about HIV transmission to test your knowledge best….

Myth: HIV only affects certain groups of people.
Fact: Anyone can get HIV — and you can become infected the first time you are exposed to the virus. HIV is spread through body fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. HIV is most commonly passed from one person to another through unprotected anal, vaginal, or oral sex and by sharing needles or drug works. In addition, a mother can pass HIV to her baby during pregnancy, during labour, or through breastfeeding.

Myth: A diagnosis of HIV is a death sentence.
Fact: Although HIV is serious and there is no cure, people with HIV can now live longer, healthier lives thanks to early detection, and new and more effective treatments

Myth: My viral load is undetectable, so I can’t spread HIV.
Fact: A low viral load is not a guarantee that you won’t spread HIV. Even when tests show that the amount of virus in your blood is low, HIV can still live in other body fluids (semen, vaginal fluid) and can be passed to someone else. Of course, the higher your viral load, the greater your risk of spreading HIV.

Myth: If someone is only orally sexual activity, he/she don’t need to use condoms.

Fact:  While it’s true that oral sex is much less risky than anal or vaginal sex, it’s still a good idea to use a condom or dental dam (a square piece of latex that you would hold against your partner’s vagina or anus while performing oral sex). Also, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea and syphilis can be
spread through oral sex. So protect yourself and your partner by using a condom or dental dam.

Myth: HIV cannot be transmitted to babies through the breast milk of infected mothers.
Fact: Breast milk is considered a ‘bodily fluid’ – one of the main transmission risks of HIV.
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV infects the cells of the immune system and disrupts their ability to protect the body from even the simplest of viruses. The result is a seriously compromised immune system, making it difficult for the body to recover from even the mildest illnesses or infections, like the common cold. So it is good to stay aware and be safe and protected..

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