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AIDS Myths and Misunderstandings

Why Are There so Many AIDS Myths? When AIDS first showed up, it was a very mysterious disease. It killed a lot of people. There are still many unanswered questions about the disease. A lot of people reacted with fear and came up with stories to back up their fear. Most of these stories had to do with how easy it was to get infected with HIV. Most of these are not true. Myths About "Catching" HIV Many people believed that HIV and AIDS could be...
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myths info

I would just like to clarify if I have misinterpreted the information provided on this website.On the article '10 common fears about HIV transmission', it was said that shaking hands (which may have cuts or peeling on them) posted no risk...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi EricYes there is no chance of transmission to occur this way. Continue to shake those hands, your biggest concern would be picking up a cold from all that hand shaking but not HIV!Be well and stay safe, Shannon... Read more »

Science vs. Myths...

Before post my question: Your are doing a wonderful job here... please continue with people education & care!I recently found some internet web sites questioning about the existence of the HIV Virus, the real factors of the AIDS disease,...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Well, it seems pretty clear to me that these sites do risk a lot in terms of confusion. I mean, what is clear to most practicing clinicians like myself, even if you forget about things we can't readily see like viral particles and such, is that... Read more »

CAN HIV/AIDS VIRUS PASS THROUGH CONDOMS

I was taught that the HIV/Aids virus it self is much smaller then the pores in condoms, and that the virus can and will pass through the pores. Is this true, because, I have been searching the internet for this infomation and haven't found it....
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
What you have heard is popular myth about HIV and condoms. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that the pores in latex and polyurethane condoms are too small for HIV and many other STD-related viruses and bacteria. Some laboratory studies have... Read more »

Heterosexual AIDS a myth?

I have a question about heterosexual AIDS transmission... 1) back in 1982 at the outset of the disease, about 95% of cases were found in individuals falling into one of four risk groups (gay men, intrav. drug users, hemopheliacs, blood...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.You bring up a number of issues here. First of all, remember that when welook at risk factors for AIDS cases, these statistics tell us how people wereinfected an average of 10 years ago. That's because the... Read more »
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some myths I have heard

Posted by Anonymous
when asking people about HIV I have heard these things said to me.
1. you have to have multible exposures to get Hiv.
2.Hiv can hide in your body for 7 years
3. even a Nurse told me a HIV test must be done 1 year after possible exposure.

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NOT A MYTH

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Abel S, Cesaire R, Cales-Quist D, Bera O, Sobesky G, Cabie A.
Occupational transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus after a punch.
Clin Infect Dis 2000 Dec;31(6):1494-5

Center for Information and Care on Human... Read more »

hiv is a myth?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I dont understand how some people claim HIV is a myth. I wanted to copy down some

Dr. Rodney Richards, PhD, Biochemist, Founding scientist for the biotech company Amgen. Collaborated with Abbott Laboratories in developing some of the first HIV... Read more »

Clear some myths up for me

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I've heard some of what I think are myths that I want cleared up:

First of all, can HIV pass through condoms? Someone told me that it could.

Secondly, what exactly is this "white tongue" that I hear about? And in terms of HIV, when does its onset... Read more »