Aids is one of the most taboo subjects in the world. On this World Aids day, let us come together to bust some of the myths. And learn what the actual facts are. There are a lot of misconceptions and myths that are attached to Aids. People separate themselves from Aids patients rather than trying to understand the situation and help the one suffering from it.
Aids is always fatal.
Aids used to be fatal.
But, all that has changed for the better now. There are many effective therapies available these days. If someone is diagnosed in their twenties and they get treated early, they could go on to live till their seventies or even beyond that.
Thanks to the medicines that are available, doctors can work on rebuilding the immunity of an Aids patient. To get proper treatment and live a full and happy life, early detection is essential. For that preventive checkup is advised. Hence, world Aids Day is always celebrated to spread such awareness.
If I am in a monogamous relationship, I do not need protection.
It is not true because one might get infected from other sources (infected syringes, etc).
Even if you are in a faithful relationship with your partner, one of you might have gotten exposed to the virus earlier. It is quite common for people to suffer from aids and not know. Therefore, there are always chances that you or your partner might have conceived it earlier. Beverly Sha, MD, says that “if one of you is infected and is not on treatment, there is a risk that you’ll pass it on to your partner.”
But, what is one to do if their partner has aided and they do not? They can take FDA-approved anti-HIV medicine. It is called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Also, it is highly recommended to use a condom. It protects both the partners. Condoms are also great for keeping other infections at bay. Most of the time, World Aids Day aims to give you the actual facts of information on Aids.
You can tell if someone has Aids just by looking at them.
It is not true because Aids and HIV symptoms are not visible.
There are still many people who believe in this statement. But, it is completely untrue. Aids and HIV have symptoms that cannot be seen by the eyes. Some of the symptoms of HIV are similar to that of any viral fever or fatigue. But, that is it! Some of the mild symptoms only last for a couple of weeks. Therefore, only a medical doctor with the help of tests would be able to tell you for sure.
People with HIV and Aids seem to be fine. I do not need treatment for it.
Aids and HIV infection can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
There are many treatments available for many diseases. However, there is no permanent cure for Aids or HIV. If left untreated, HIV could cause inflammation in some parts of the body. This could lead to serious issues. Whether you have HIV or aids, it is crucial that you seek proper treatment. Hence, it will help you to protect yourself from further health issues. Seeking treatment has often reduced the disease to a very negligible percentage. This means that you could live a happy and healthy life. The more you delay the treatment, the harder it will be to control the disease.
I cannot be around someone who has aids, I will get it too.
Aids and HIV infection are not transferred to anyone someone just staying beside any infected person.
This is probably one of the most popular beliefs that are untrue. You cannot get infected by being around someone who has aids. The infection is not infectious and is only transmitted through sexual intercourse or infected needle. Thus, it is not transferred by using the same utensils, etc. You cannot get infected by shaking hands with someone, sharing food or cigarettes, or even using the same toilet seat.
I had unprotected oral sex with someone who has aids, I will get aids too.
Aids and HIV is not transferred through oral sex.
The chances of you getting aids through oral sex are extremely low. The enzymes present in your saliva act as a natural defense to HIV. However, the risk of getting the virus increases if you have sores or cuts in your mouth. The virus could use the opening to get into your body. The chances are low but, they are still there. Therefore, it is better to be careful and use protection.
I can get aids through infected animals or insects.
Insects and animals do not transfer Aids infection.
Although it is true that animals and insects do carry a lot of infections with them. But, infection of aids is not carried by them. To transfer aids or HIV into your body, the mosquito will have to inject blood into your body. But, that is not what they do. Instead, it’s vice versa.
HIV and aids are those infections that only affect humans. Like that, there is a Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). This only affects cats and not humans.
Spread the Awareness of Right Information
What makes aids scary is that the majority of people do not have general knowledge about it. World Aids Day is celebrated every year to make more people aware each year. People are not aware that the infection cannot get transferred by shaking hands etc. This makes the patients want to hide the disease as they do not want to be an outcast. It may even discourage them to not seek treatment. However, the taboo needs to be broken. As a result of which, more people can get treatment. And the HIV Aids virus infection can be decreased at early detection.