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

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Anthony Castro and Frankie Lopez

Anthony Castro (Diagnosed in 2000) and Frankie Lopez (Diagnosed in 2007), San Francisco, Calif.

Anthony: One of the myths that surprises me a lot is the fact that some people think HIV is a curse of God, that we are being punished by God because we committed a big sin. To me, it's not. God is love, and God is not going to punish somebody for being who they are. I believe that as a gay man I'm doing more for the community than many other people that profess and preach being really close to God.

Frankie: You hear a lot of crazy things about HIV and, very much like my partner, one of the most insane things that I've heard, if not the most insane, is that HIV is a curse from God. It's also the gay people's disease myth, which is ludicrous because, sadly, I can tell you of newborns with HIV. I can tell you of heterosexuals with HIV.

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