Today is World AIDS Day and with 35 million people around the world being HIV-positive, it is important to dispel the many myths that surround the subject.
How Is HIV Transmitted?
HIV is passed from one person to another when the two exchange bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal and anal secretion and breast milk. This can happen through unprotected sex, injecting drugs with non-sterilized needles, from mother to child, and from infected organ transplants and blood transfusions.
HIV doesn’t survive outside the body so you can’t get it from touching or hugging someone, from sharing forks, glasses, or even sharing a toothbrush. HIV doesn’t spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and it is not found in urine or feces.
The odds of contracting HIV through oral sex or kissing are extremely low. It’s only risky if the people kissing both have large open sores in their mouth or bleeding gums. There has never been a documented case of infection from saliva.
More importantly, thanks to the advances in medical treatment of HIV, people who have an undetectable viral load have literally a zero percent chance of passing on the virus.
AIDS Is Not HIV And Neither Are A Death Sentence
HIV stands for Human immunodeficiency virus, which infects and attacks the immune system. If it is not treated, and the number of white blood cells falls below 200 per microliter, you will then be diagnosed as having Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the last stage of HIV.
Being HIV+ or having AIDS has not been a death sentence for many years, though. There are over thirty different medications approved by the US government and there are treatments to regain white blood cells.
Although one person has been cured, there’s still no cure for HIV and people who believe that the US government or Big Pharma are keeping it a secret are actually making thing worse for the people who have the virus.