World Aids Day
Human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) infection or acquired immune deficiency syndrome(AIDS) is an infection spreads by HIV virus ,which ultimately breakdown the immunity and resistance to diseases. An HIV infected person is prone to catch several infections as their body’s innate immunity is considerably weak.
On this World Aids Day
Lets burst some prominent myths regarding AIDS:
1.Myth:Touching someone who has HIV contaminates
Fact:HIV can’t survive outside of the body so you won’t get HIV from touching someone, hugging them or shaking their hand.
2.Myth:Air can contaminate
Fact:HIV cannot survive in the air so coughing, sneezing or spitting cannot transmit HIV.
3. Myth:Used condoms can contaminate
Fact:HIV can only survive for a really short amount of time outside of the body. Even if the condom had sperm from an HIV-positive person in it, the HIV would be dead.
4. Myth:Toilet seats, tables, door handles, cutlery, sharing towels can contaminate
Fact:HIV doesn’t survive on surfaces, so you can’t get HIV from any of these.
5. Myth:HIV can be transmitted through mosquito bites
Fact: HIV is not spread by mosquitoes or other biting insects. Even if the virus enters a mosquito or another sucking or biting insect, it cannot reproduce in insects. Since the insect cannot be infected with HIV, it cannot transmit HIV to the next human it feeds on or bites.
6.Myth: You don’t need to use protection if you have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) because you can only have one sexually transmitted infection at a time/you are immune.
Fact: You can have more than one sexually transmitted infection (STI) at the same time. Each infection requires its own treatment. You cannot become immune to STIs. You can catch the same infection over and over again. Many men and women do not see or feel any early symptoms when they first become infected with an STI, but they can still infect their sexual partner.
7. Myth:You can get HIV from casual contact (shaking hands, hugging, using a toilet, drinking from the same glass as someone who is HIV-infected, or being close to an infected person who is sneezing or coughing).
Fact: HIV is not transmitted by day-to-day contact in social settings, schools or in the workplace. You cannot be infected by shaking someone’s hand, by hugging someone, by using the same toilet or drinking from the same glass as an HIV-infected person, nor by being exposed to coughing or sneezing by an infected person.
REASON:-Actually it is contaminated by infected fluids — blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk
Hence an HIV infected person is an equal human as any uninfected person and thus we shouldn’t discriminate.