Busting HIV and AIDS Myth

December 1 is World AIDS Day. This day is dedicated to raise awareness of the deadly AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) caused by the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Although Singapore has low HIV numbers, the challenge to identify and treat it remains. People should know how to deal with HIV/AIDS. The first thing to do is submit to HIV testing regularly.

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If you are not infected, you should strive to encourage other people to get tested. Apart from that, you can help other patients by debunking myths about HIV/AIDS. Here are some myths that you need to discredit:

1.       HIV/AIDS can spread through physical contacts

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Many people firmly believe that HIV/AIDS can spread through physical contacts. This is not true. Physical contacts like handshaking, hugging and using the same toilet will not spread the infection. It will only spread if you exchange body fluids.

2.       HIV/AIDS can spread through saliva

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There are others who are certain that the infection can spread through saliva. While it is true that saliva contain HIV, the fact remains that the infection is too small that it can infect your partner. Kissing will not spread the infection.

3.       HIV/AIDS cannot spread through oral sex

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The infection can spread if there is an open wound. Your gums or mouth may suffer from sores or cuts, you should be careful with that because the infection can get in from there. To be safe, you should avoid oral sex when you have sores or cuts.

4.       HIV/AIDS cannot spread if the person received anti-retroviral treatment

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Anti-retroviral treatment can curb the number of HIV inside the body but it does not completely take it all away. The infection will still remain and it can be transmitted to others. Do not be too confident about your anti-retroviral treatment.

HIV/AIDS is a very serious case. It should not be ignored. Do not be shy. If you need to be tested, come out without hesitations because it can be the difference between life and death.