Do you have any of these HIV/AIDS myths in your mind?
Apart from the physical suffering, HIV/AIDS victims are battling two wars at the same time: the disease and the social stigma that comes with it.
Normal contact or cough does not spread HIV unless there are ulcers or abrasions on the skin. HIV/AIDS spreads when infected blood or body fluids (such as semen or vaginal fluids) enter the body.
With the use of cutting-edge drugs and long-term viral suppression, life expectancy of AIDS patients can be extended by decades.
The risk of transmission to infants can be reduced to less than 2% with antiretroviral therapy, a C-section, and other precautions.
There are numerous strains of HIV and unprotected sex even among two HIV patients encourages the evolution and spread of hazardous variants
Taking medicines such as pre-exposure prophylaxis beforehand to prevent HIV after intercourse minimizes one's risk but the risk does not become zero
HIV cannot be transmitted through sharing food, drinks, or cooking utensils, even if the person making your food has HIV,
HIV is not transmitted via insects, mosquitoes, and even blood transfusion as with the recent stringent precautions and testing the risk now is near zero
Treatments for HIV can reduce the amount of virus in the body to almost nothing. But despite treatment, you can still be contagious.