When HIV first showed up in the 1980s, there were many questions, but few answers -- so people started making up their own. Old assumptions die hard, unfortunately; many of these myths still thrive today, despite plenty of evidence that they are not true.
With the HIV response largely underfunded and fact-based education hard to find, it’s no surprise that myths abound. In this article, we’ll dispel a few of the most persistent myths about HIV and replace them with actual, verifiable facts.
As with HIV, it’s time to skip the conspiracy theories and focus on public health.
Thanks to advances in HIV treatment and prevention, serodiscordant couples are having a new kind of sex. And it is revolutionary, argues writer Alexander Cheves.
CBS New York flew in the face of science and right into the arms of HIV stigma with an embarrassing tweet and story that tried to paint a man living with HIV as dangerous and his saliva as a weapon.
In reality, sex-positive education that supports both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people in living their best sex lives can help us stay healthy and joyful.
There is real racism in our health care system, Kenyon Farrow writes -- and we need more black people to work with us to transform systems, not believe in false prophets.
South African activists, health care workers and scientists "were faced with a horrific epidemic and did the right thing," Glenda Gray and James McIntyre. "En masse they spoke truth to power. They were relentless in their pursuit of scientific evid...
When It Comes to Charlie Sheen's 'HIV Cure' Doc, 'Maverick' Is Just Another Word for Quack: A Blog Entry by Althea Fung
The word "maverick" was the frequent butt of comedian Bill Maher's 2008 election jokes, notes Fung. Now he's calling a man who claims to have cured cancer and AIDS a "medical maverick," as if he's to be taken seriously.
"Drug companies are greedy," opines Heather Boerner, "but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider PrEP."
Diagnosed in 1996, at the apex of his career in boxing, Morrison fought back against the notion that his HIV would develop into AIDS and end his life. The fighter quickly fell into a deep and intractable pattern of denial that would kill him 17 years...