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10 Harmful Myths About HIV/AIDS


HIV Antiretrovirals Do More Harm Than Good

HIV Antiretrovirals Do More Harm Than Good

Yes, there are downsides to HIV medications: They can cause unwanted side effects. They're expensive and can be a burden to take every day for the rest of your life. You can even grow resistant to certain medications and need to switch.

But treatment saves lives. Today's medications have cut the death rate from AIDS by about 80%. Until a practical cure is found, HIV medication is the best bet for keeping people alive and well -- and for reducing the risk of an HIV-positive person transmitting the virus to others.

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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