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3 Myths and 3 Truths You Need to Know About HIV Transmission

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3 Myths and 3 Truths You Need to Know About HIV Transmission
It is worrying how much people have stopped being warned against AIDS. According to research Youth, behavior and STD/AIDS made by the insurance case under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization, the sexual behavior of men and women has changed a lot all over the world.

Some of the beliefs pointed out by the research show that:

91% of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 already have an active sex life

23% believe that being faithful to the partner does not diminish the chances of contracting AIDS

24% think they can get HIV from saliva

15% believe that malaria, dengue, leprosy or tuberculosis are STDs

29% believe that the virus is difficult to contract and that preventive measures are not necessary.

According to the survey, the level of disinformation and protective care are low, which is worrying. It is necessary to have the minimum knowledge that allows protection against this and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Myths and Truths

3 myths about HIV/AIDS transmission:

1. HIV gets caught by saliva
There are no cases of contamination by saliva , kissing or shared use of cutlery. According to the researchers, the saliva itself contains substances (fibronectin and glycoproteins) capable of neutralizing the AIDS virus.

Therefore, embracing, kissing on the face (because if it is in the mouth the contagion although rare, it can occur through possible wounds or imperceptible oral bleeds), share cutlery, glasses, etc., is not risky behavior for transmission of HIV/AIDS .

2. HIV positive people look sick
This is a dangerous myth. Many believe that the HIV-positive will have the appearance of a patient or any apparent signs. Which is not true because the virus can spend years incubated without any harm to the health of the infected.

In addition, patients using the antiretroviral cocktail remain healthy. With regard to AIDS, it is good to know that “who sees face, does not see AIDS”.

3. It is possible to avoid contagion with drug protection
Myth. Although some fanfare has been made about whether HIV testing in Nigeria is being tested for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – prevention strategy through the use of an antiretroviral (ARV) drug – strategies to avoid contamination are still the Condom use and, in the case of the HIV-positive, the use of the drugs, says an infectious disease doctor.

3 truths about HIV / AIDS transmission
1. It is possible to contract HIV at the dentist, when tattooing and manicure
Yes, it is possible! Therefore, be aware of and require such professionals that the punch instruments be autoclaved or disposable. The use of an autoclave not only eliminates the HIV virus but also those of hepatitis B and C, according to Jean Gorinchteyn.

2. Seropositive women may have HIV-negative children
Yes, they can. The woman who carries the virus should perform all the necessary tests prior to pregnancy to know the status of her viral load (whether positive or negative) as well as taking all the medicines indicated by the doctor to prevent it from contaminating the baby.

If the woman became pregnant without knowing it, she should rigorously prenatal and use the antiretrovirals. The delivery should be cesarean section and the child should not breastfeed. If both parents are HIV positive, in vitro fertilization is advised.

3. Other sexual practices are risky
It is true. In order to contract the virus, penetration is not always necessary. The contact fluid sexual orally, for example, may be sufficient to contract the virus. It is necessary to use a condom at all times of sexual intercourse with infected partners and even between partners where the two are infected.

According to experts, being “grimacing” is still the best protection against HIV and other STDs. This includes behavior deemed by society to be outdated, that is, to refrain from having sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage.

Staying away from injecting drugs or other drugs such as alcohol, which although not transmitting the disease, predisposes to risky behavior, which is proven by the research cited above where 34% of the interviewees admitted having had unprotected sex just after having used licit drugs Or illicit, reinforcing once again the idea that not always having the information translates into the adoption of correct practices.

Article by Akinbode Toluleke check up Twitter on taakinbode

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