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9 Sex Myths About HIV-Positive People That Need Debunking

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FALSE: "If someone has HIV, they were being sexually irresponsible."

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FALSE: "Most people with HIV were trying to get infected."

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FALSE: "Everyone with HIV is dangerous."

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FALSE: "Most people with HIV have dark stories about "'how it happened.'"

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FALSE: "HIV-positive people enjoy infecting others."

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FALSE: "HIV happens as a result of extreme, risky sex."

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FALSE: "HIV affects older people. If you only play with young people, you should be safe."

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FALSE: "You can tell who has HIV."

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FALSE: "People who don't disclose their HIV status should be punished."

Alexander Cheves

Alexander Cheves


Alexander Cheves is a New York City-based sex and wellness writer and occasional escort. He writes the column "Sexy Beast" in The Advocate and answers reader-submitted sex questions on his blog, Beastly. Follow him on Twitter at @BadAlexCheves.