There are many misconceptions about how HIV is transmitted. These faulty assertions cause fear in the HIV negative public, which can lead to unnecessary stigma towards HIV positive populations.
- Mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV from person to person.
- Being a friend, a hug, or a handshake cannot transmit HIV from one person to another. We will address stigma later, however many HIV positive people have to undergo discrimination on a daily basis because of their HIV status.
- A person cannot contract HIV from sharing a toilet with an HIV positive person.
- HIV is present in saliva in such small quantities that it cannot be transmitted through kissing or sharing a soda.
- Similarly, it cannot be transmitted through mucous or sweat. If someone sneezes on you, you can catch the cold, but you will not contract HIV.