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Myths About Hiv Aids

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Free video: "Top Ten Myths About HIV/AIDS"

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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 »

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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6 Month Myth

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Our own former surgeon general wrote:

HIV antibodies generally do not reach
detectable levels until one to three months following infection and may take
as long as SIX MONTHS to be generated in quantities... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
That HIV only happens in the white community and to gay white males....Duh!!!! Read more »
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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 »

HIV Fact or Myth?

I was told today that you can prevent HIV infection by bathing right after sex. I always thought this to be false. Is it fact or myth that good hygiene can prevent stds such as HIV???...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV transmission cannot be prevented by bathing after sex. The best method to reduce the risk of transmission during sex is to use condoms. See <a href= target=_new>Myths About HIV and... Read more »

Re-Infection, urban myth or medical scare tatic!

Where's the proof of re-infection? With over 33 million HIV positive people worldwide where is the evidence of re-infection? Please site the peer-reviewed published study or studies discussing how re-infection is real! I keep hearing about...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting your provocative question.I'm not sure who you've been asking your questions to. A quick search about super infection finds those elusive peer-reviewed publications.HIV superinfection definitely occurs,... Read more »

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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Recently Released PLoS Article Looks at Myths Surrounding HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Asia

"Five Myths About the HIV Epidemic in Asia ," PLoS Medicine : Peter Godwin, senior adviser at the National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and colleagues in the article discuss five "commonly held" myths... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rumors, Myths and Hoaxes About HIV/AIDS

I got an e-mail warning that a man, who was believed to be HIV-positive, was recently caught placing blood in the ketchup dispenser at a fast food restaurant. Because of the risk of HIV transmission, the e-mail recommended that only individually... Read more »

What Is the Craziest Myth You've Heard About HIV/AIDS?

People living with and working in HIV/AIDS worldwide are also front-line witnesses to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS myths -- even now, after decades of information and education around HIV/AIDS. We asked dozens of these individuals to share some of the... Read more »

What Is the Craziest Myth You've Heard About HIV/AIDS?

Even though the facts about HIV are well known and agreed upon by every HIV specialist and every single HIV/AIDS organization in the United States, there remains a lot of misinformation about HIV. We asked HIV-positive people and people who work on... Read more »