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MYTHS & FACTS

MYTH
1
Every person infected with HIV gets AIDS.
True. Till today everyone who has HIV will go on to develop the condition of AIDS at some time.

MYTH
2
All HIV infected persons develop AIDS after 10-12 years of infection.
False. At least 20% of people with HIV will develop AIDS within 5 years of being infected and about 50% with 10 years of being infected.

MYTH
3
Sex is the most potential infective route for HIV transmission.
False. An unscreened blood transfusion is more potentially infective than the sexual route.

MYTH
4
Is underlying nutrition and health status of the patient an important factor for development of AIDS.
True. A poor nourishment is more likely to develop AIDS easily.

MYTH
5
A blood donor is at risk of HIV infection, when he / she is donating blood.
False. Unless the instrument used are not sterile. Blood banks mostly use disposable sterile syringes.

MYTH
6
A person can become infected with the virus during a
blood test.
True. Only if the instruments used are not sterile.

MYTH
7
A person can become infected with HIV through a dental
intervention.
True. A cut in the mouth can be the port of entry for an HIV infection, if the instruments used by the dental surgeon are not sterile.

MYTH
8
Menstrual blood of HIV women is infective.
True. The menstrual blood of HIV positive women is infective.

MYTH
9
A doctor or nurse is more susceptible to HIV infection.
True. All medical personnel are more at risk of HIV infection when handling potentially infective material like blood or other body fluids during surgical procedures.

MYTH
10
Kissing can transmit HIV.
False. Because the saliva of an HIV positive person contains very little virus insufficient to cause infection, but should be avoided if there is any kind of open sore, wound inside or around the mouth.

MYTH
11
Oral sex can transmit HIV.
True. If any blood, semen or vaginal fluid of an infected person comes in contact with bleeding gums or mouth sores of the partner.

MYTH
12
A person can get HIV through masturbation.
False. Stimulating one's own genitals is perfectly safe.

MYTH
13
People who have sex with more than one person are at a
greater risk of HIV infection.
True. For such people, the risk of getting not only AIDS, but also other STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) is definitely higher.

MYTH
14
Women are more likely to be infected as when compared
to men.
True. Semen contains higher concentration of HIV as compared to vaginal fluids and semen stays for a longer time in the vagina, so women are at a greater risk of HIV infection.

MYTH
15
HIV infected can be transmitted through a swimming pool.
False. The chlorine in the swimming pool is an extremely effective method of destroying the HIV virus. Moreover, there would not be a high enough level of the virus to transmit the infection.

MYTH
16
Household articles and food can help transmit HIV
infection.
False. The virus is fragile and cannot stand the heat during cooking and even exposure to open air.

MYTH
17
Sharing razors can spread HIV infection.
True. It is not advisable to share razors. Barbers should be requested to use a new blade for each customer.

MYTH
18
Tattooing can spread HIV infection.
True. If the instrument used are contaminated with HIV
infected blood.

MYTH
19
Injecting drugs can spread HIV infection.
False. Injecting drugs into one's own body using unshared, sterilized needles does not spread HIV infection.

AIDS is a serious disease, on which a lot of research is still being carried out. However, it is imperative that Parents today educate their children on the facts and risks associated with this new age killer. Forewarned is forearmed, and imparting knowledge on HIV/AIDS is part of the preparation you as a parent must impart to your children for their own safety when they go out into the world.