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Word on the Street: What Is the Craziest Myth You've Heard About HIV/AIDS?

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Jorge Zepeda

Jorge Zepeda, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco, Calif.

"If I take a contraceptive pill, I'm not going to get HIV" -- that's one. The other one is a guy saying to a woman: "You don't menstruate anymore, so I don't have to use a condom."

We don't have an integrated reproductive health education package [in the U.S.]. We dissect HIV and then we have other STDs and then we have reproductive health. We don't put an integrated message out there.

You want to avoid HIV? You need to use condoms. But there are some other people who don't listen to the messages. They manufacture their own truths.

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