Some HIV misconceptions
It is very common for most people to have unpleasant reactions when hearing about other people getting infected with HIV. There are many reasons for this, and here are some of the most common ones:
- A lot of people are misinformed when it comes to HIV. There was a time many years ago when HIV was said to only infect gay men. That has been proven to be just a myth since there have been female HIV victims for a long time now.
- HIV is immediately linked with sex. To some cultures and beliefs, sex is a taboo subject and it has a negative reaction to those that are conservative. So, since HIV is sometimes transmitted and spread through sex, it also gets a negative reaction from some people.
- Many news reports paint HIV as a dangerous disease, which is exactly what it is. It can weaken a person's immune system and result in various complications. If not diagnosed and treated right away, it can progress to AIDS and lead to death.
- People who have HIV are sometimes thought of as promiscuous or loose. They are branded as some kind of lower life forms due to their lifestyle choices and sexual activities.
- Since HIV can also be transmitted through drug injecting, those who use drugs often get it as well. Drug addicts are considered a menace to the society, so they also are tagged with a negative stigma.
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