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10 Harmful Myths About HIV/AIDS

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You Can't Have a Baby if You're HIV Positive

You Can't Have a Baby if You're HIV Positive

This may be one of the saddest myths to persist to the present day. Mother-to-child HIV transmission has been all but eliminated in resource-rich areas of the globe, and aggressive programs are afoot to end the phenomenon worldwide. Meanwhile, effective, tolerable HIV meds are making it possible for parents to watch their children grow to adulthood and beyond.

This is excellent news, yet many outside the HIV community have no idea it's true. Whether you're an HIV-positive man or woman, and whether you're part of a mixed-status relationship or one in which both you and your partner are living with HIV, there are a number of options available for you to safely have a baby without transmitting HIV to your partner or your child.




Warren Tong is the associate editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. 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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