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How Much Do You Know About HIV/AIDS?

A True-False Quiz for Young People

December 1, 1998

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

True False 1. I can become infected with HIV by swimming in a pool, sitting in a hot tub or holding hands with someone with HIV.


True False 2. People who are infected with HIV look different than everyone else.


True False 3. If I were infected with HIV, I would know it because I would feel sick.


True False 4. People who do not inject drugs and share needles do not need to get tested for HIV.

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True False 5. Only drug users and gay men need to worry about becoming infected with HIV.


True False 6. Women cannot become infected with HIV by performing oral sex on a man without a condom.


True False 7. If you are HIV positive and pregnant, there are medicines that you can take to greatly decrease the chances of your baby having HIV.


True False 8. I won't get HIV if I use a diaphragm.


True False 9. Being bisexual will automatically make you twice as likely to be infected with HIV.


True False 10. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is not as threatening as it was in the past because we have a cure.


True False 11. My boyfriend and I each had sex with 3 other people before we got together. But because we have been monogamous for 2 years and I am going on birth control pills, we do not need to get tested for HIV.


True False 12. HIV/AIDS is an incurable sexually transmitted disease.


True False 13. HIV infections have slowed in countries around the world because there are effective medicines available.


True False 14. HIV is present in the semen and blood of infected men.


True False 15. HIV is present in the blood and vaginal fluids of infected women.


True False 16. It is safe for an HIV-positive woman to breastfeed an infant because it is natural.


True False 17. Unprotected anal sex is only a risky behavior for gay and bisexual men -- heterosexual women do not run the same risks.


True False 18. It is safe to extend friendship and support to teenagers and young adults who are infected with HIV.


True False 19. New HIV/AIDS drug treatments have lowered the number of AIDS cases and AIDS-related deaths in the United States.


True False 20. Some people infected with HIV in their teens and early twenties may not develop AIDS or get sick for 10 years.



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A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by American Association for World Health. It is a part of the publication Be a Force for Change.
 
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