HIV and AIDS are two of the most notorious STDs today. They have victimized millions of people around the world, and they continue to do so every year. It is important that everyone has the right information about these diseases so that they can proceed with the correct action if, in case, they end up with these infections. Here are the most common myths about HIV and AIDS.
Myth #1: If you have HIV, it means that you also have AIDS.
No, that is not exactly right. People who have HIV can suffer from HIV for the rest of their lives without getting AIDS. AIDS is the final stage of HIV, and it usually occurs to people who fail to receive treatment early on.
Myth #2: Hugging an HIV patient can get you infected with HIV.
Casual contact cannot really transmit HIV. Hugging, shaking hands, using the same clothes or towels, or even sharing the same plate or glass with an HIV positive person will not make you also HIV positive.
Myth #3: Once you get HIV, you only have a few years left to live.
Many HIV patients live for several decades after being diagnosed with the infection. The important thing here is to get a proper diagnosis and receive the appropriate treatment to prolong your life and avoid progressing onto AIDS.
Test for HIV at the earliest opportunity to prevent AIDS.