December 1 is World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day has been celebrated since December 1, 1988, to raise awareness on the AIDS epidemic. People now know what AIDS is and how it spreads. Before that, people were afraid to touch AIDS patients, they looked strange as if they were being bullied in society. Since the World Health Organization began raising awareness about AIDS, AIDS patients have been able to live like normal people. By touching them, people know that talking to them will not spread AIDS.
How important is the role of society in the eradication of AIDS?
Despite the growing awareness of AIDS, it has not yet been possible to completely eradicate the disease. In 2018, about 7.7 million people worldwide will die of AIDS. People do not hesitate to get a blood test for AIDS. People who fear society will look down on us if they know they have AIDS. The number of those who die without proper treatment is volatile.
Although AIDS is a dangerous disease, a healthy lifestyle can stave off the AIDS epidemic. It plagues a person for many years, eventually leading to death and many dying.
Here are some myths about AIDS in occasion of World AIDS Day:
Myth 1: There is no safety to follow if both partners are infected with AIDS
Spouses who are HIV positive should not have physical relation without any safety precautions. Because AIDS health status is different. Infections can worsen health if safety measures are not followed. Herpes and gonorrhoea can also be spread by insecurity from sexual contact.
Myth 2: A person who is HIV negative should not establish a physical relationship with a person who is HIV positive.
HIV cannot be spread unless the AIDS patient is in physical contact. But with proper care, a healthy person can have a physical relationship. Condoms prevent HIV infection in a healthy person. If an AIDS patient is taking DINA ART, it will not spread to a healthy person. Also, a healthy person taking an AIDS pill and having sex can prevent 90% of the risk of HIV.
Myth 3: Oral sex does not transmit HIV
Oral sex does not transmit HIV infection. HIV is transmitted if there is any injury to the mouth. Although the risk is lower as a comparison to other types of sexual activity, HIV can also be transmitted through oral sex.
Myth 4: HIV and AIDS are not the same things.
If someone is HIV positive they are more likely to get AIDS. AIDS and HIV are not the same. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Syndrome. And AIDS occurs when a person with HIV is not treated. Having HIV lowers the immune system, which can lead to diseases. But living with HIV can lead to life just like any other person.
Myth 5: If the mother has HIV, the baby will be infected as well.
If the mother has HIV, it is a lie that the baby comes with childbirth and breastfeeding. But it can prevent the spread of HIV from mother to child. Early HIV testing during pregnancy can be avoided. Only if the mother has HIV and appropriate treatment. An injection during pregnancy can protect a baby from the risk of HIV. Taking ART can prevent the spread of HIV through the breast. Take this medicine more often while breastfeeding.