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What Is the Most Outrageous Myth You've Heard About HIV/AIDS?



Sarah, Pennsylvania; Diagnosed in 1994, at age 10

Outrageous myths: Oh, there are so many! I'd probably say the most outrageous thing I've ever heard is HIV being compared to leprosy.

For example, there was a preacher who said, "Leprosy, back in that day, is kind of like AIDS."

I guess back then, the era he was talking about, they would yell out "Leprosy! Leprosy!" and leave the community. So he compared it to that, like saying you'd have to say "AIDS! AIDS!" and leave the community.

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