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Myths and misconception about HIV/AIDS


Date Posted: 2/16/2018 7:13:54 AM

Posted By: karanumoureen  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 154

Myths and misconception about HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus infection and AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Myth is something untrue or unworthy of serious consideration and misconceptions are conclusions made by people which are wrong because they are based on faulty thinking or facts that are wrong. There are many misconception and myth about HIV/AIDS which may in turn lead to stigma.

The following are myths and misconception about HIV/AIDS:

HIV /AIDS can be spread through casual contact with an infected person – some people tend to think HIV/AIDS can be spread through shaking of hands sitting next to an infected person some parents even go to an extent of warning their children against playing with children infected with HIV/AIDS to avoid be infected.

An infected mother can only give birth to an infected child, but this is untrue because under proper medical guidelines a positive mother can give birth to a child who is not HIV /AIDS positive.

A mosquito can transmit HIV/AIDS – when one is bitten by mosquito ,it does not inject blood from the previous victim hence it cannot spread HIV/AIDS.

HIV infected person can be identified by their physical appearance, this I due to the image portrayed by the media that infected person looks and very thin but the truth is that HIV symptoms takes a long time to manifest in a person after infection.

People infected with HIV/AIDS are immoral most of the people perceive that sexual intercourse with infected persons is the only way HIV/AIDS can be spread, but HIV /AID S have many ways in which it is transmitted through.

HIV/AIDS is a death sentence , people believe

that one’s one is infected with HIV/AIDS that’s the end of one’s life but even if there is not yet cure on HIV/AIDS there are antiviral drugs that enable infected people to live a healthy and longer life.

HIV/AIDS are the same thing- HIV weakens the immune system and makes the body vulnerable to diseases and infections and one may not notice any serious symptoms for years but after years of damaging the immune system a person develops AIDS which means the immune system is so weak it can no longer fight ranges of diseases.

HIV/AIDS have cure, some people believe some herbal medicine can cure HIV/AIDS but currently there is no cure for HIV/AIDS.

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