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10 Harmful Myths About HIV/AIDS


HIV Can Be Spread Through Tears, Sweat, Mosquitoes, Swimming Pools

HIV Can Be Spread Through Tears, Sweat, Mosquitoes, Swimming Pools ...

Kissing, hugging, shaking hands, sitting on toilet seats, sharing utensils, touching dried blood: All are thought by many to be risks for HIV, but they are not.

When it comes to common myths about HIV, transmission myths take the cake -- and they fuel HIV stigma, which makes the entire pandemic worse. Here are 10 of the most common fears about HIV transmission.

Now that you know the truth behind many HIV myths, help us put an end to them once and for all: Pass along what you've learned; educate your friends and loved ones on HIV and encourage discussion about the facts.

Did we miss a common myth about HIV? Leave us a comment below sharing other myths that you've heard! And if you need any answers, visit our "Ask the Experts" Q&A forums.

Warren Tong is the associate editor for and Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.

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Comment by: Al B. (NY) Tue., Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:54 am EDT
Having sex with a virgin cures HIV
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Comment by: Barbara (Tampa, FL) Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:52 am EDT
Oral sex can be problematic when both parties are HIV+ and have gingivitis or periodontal disease and exchange fresh blood from bleeding gums.
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