The 3 most Common Misconceptions about AIDS

The HIV virus and the medical condition known as AIDS (Acquired lmmuno-Deficiency Syndrome) are both known to men and women of all ages. It is a disease that has already cost the lives of millions of people around the world while there are approximately 35 million that are currently infected with the virus. It has been proven a very difficult opponent for more than a few reasons, especially since it literally took years to discover it due to its ‘sneaky’ asymptomatic nature.

When it comes to HIV or any other medical condition, there is one thing that plays an enormous role in understanding it and knowing what to do in order to protect ourselves. That thing is learning and knowing correct pieces of information.HIV-AIDS

Unfortunately, since AIDS is a very fearsome disease, which makes sense if we take into account the huge number of victims plus the fact that many celebrities have also lost their lives because of it, there are many misconceptions and myths about it. These misconceptions make it harder for a person to protect himself or herself simply because of the lack of knowledge.

We are now going to list the 3 most common false facts that are thought to be true by a significant number of people for a long time.

1. There is no reason to worry about getting infected anymore, the latest drugs will keep the patient alive.

This is a very dangerous assumption. Modern medicine has indeed improved the quality and duration of the patients’ lives, but there are also some strains of the virus that are proven to be highly resistant to every known contemporary drug, which makes AIDS a deadly disease that can kill in months.

2. There is no need to take precautions when having oral sex

Once again, this is a belief that has devastating consequences. The HIV virus is present in semen and vaginal fluids so when sexual fluids of an infected man or woman come into contact with the mouth, HIV can easily be transmitted.

3. I’m with the same partner for a year, I would know if he/she is HIV positive

The significance of understanding why the above sentence is wrong is huge. The HIV virus can exist even a few years inside a person’s body and not have any symptom at all. Sadly, at the same time it can be transmitted. So, the only way to know if someone is infected is through HIV tests. Nothing else should suffice.