Tuesday, January 29, 2013


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.
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