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

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Antionettea Etienne

Antionettea Etienne, New York City; Diagnosed in 1997

The craziest, most outlandish myth that I've heard about HIV is about a Hispanic person going to a santera to take the virus out of their body: The smoke of cigars being blown on them and chicken blood being splattered on them and them lighting candles and stuff.

But I understand why a person of Latino descent would do so, because that is also part of my culture. They felt that brujería -- which is like witchcraft -- would help them get rid of HIV, but being a knowledgeable person in this field, I know that that would not work.

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