World AIDS Day 2019: 5 Myths that needs to be busted!

Parul Srivastava

World AIDS Day 2019: Significance & History

World AIDS Day is every year celebrated on December 1. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against this fatal disease. It is celebrated to show support for people living with HIV. World AIDS Day was founded in the year 1988.  Notably, it was the first-ever global health day. World AIDS Day 2019 theme is Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community By Community.

Here are 5 Myths that need to be busted:

1. Condoms are the only way to prevent HIV

False – Condoms are a great way to prevent HIV if you are using them properly while intercourse. But they are not the only way to prevent HIV. People with HIV who stay on medication and who achieve an undetectable level of virus in their body do not transmit the virus.

2. People newly diagnosed with HIV should wait and think before starting their medication

In general, there is no reason to wait to start the medication. One should immediately start taking medicines. After all, it is an infection; it should be treated as early as possible.

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3. An HIV Test is bad news.There should be no stigma attached to it

The bad news is if you don’t go for one. Taking an HIV test will always help you. If it is negative, then there many options to keep you negative. If it is positive, then you can start the treatment immediately to keep yourself healthy.

4. It is a death sentence

False it is not a death sentence. With proper treatment, an HIV positive can live a normal life.

5. HIV positive people can’t have children

False. If a woman takes her medicine on time and goes for regular check-ups, then the HIV transmission to the baby can be as lows 1 percent or Low.

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