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8 HIV/AIDS Issues You Couldn't Stop Talking About in 2013

December 1, 2013

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Can HIV-Positive People Have Babies? 7 Myths About Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS

By Olivia Ford

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In a nutshell: Despite how far we've come in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, misinformed and even dangerous myths persist throughout much of the world, including the U.S. We set the story straight on some key facts -- and, in so doing, created one of our most widely shared articles of the year.

Quotable: "Many people who are not living with or otherwise affected by HIV may not be aware of this phenomenal news, so you can be the first to tell your friends: A woman can have a healthy pregnancy if she's HIV positive."

What our readers said:

"I found out I was HIV+ when I was pregnant with my first child. I was told by my doctor to have an abortion, as well as the Internet (WedMD) in 1999. Thank God I didn't. ... The happiest day of my life -- the day(s) my children were born. The second happiest day(s) -- the days I was told they were negative." -- A (From Brooklyn, N.Y.)

"Although we have to do everything to avoid HIV infection, it no more sounds like the end of the world. Now it is possible to live a healthy, long live, and even think of having good, healthy children." -- Ghislaine (From Bamenda, Cameroon)

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