PCP HIV AIDS Toolkit/HIV Myths and Facts

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PCP HIV AIDS Toolkit HIV Myths and Facts
This page is part of the PCP HIV AIDS Toolkit.

HIV Myths and Facts

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  • A person who looks and feels healthy may still have HIV.
  • Taking oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, can protect a woman from getting HIV.
  • In the Philippines an estimated12,000 people have HIV.
  • If everything feels OK after sex, you can not have HIV.
  • You can tell if someone has HIV by looking at them.
  • It is better not to find out if you have AIDS, since there is no cure.
  • A mother can pass HIV to her baby.
  • 42 million people in the world are living with AIDS.
  • The only way to know if someone has HIV is a blood test.
  • Using a condom can help protect you from the transmission of HIV.
  • There are medicines that can slow the progression of AIDS.
  • You can get HIV from an insect bite.
  • You can get AIDS or HIV the first time you have sex.
  • HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing or holding hands.
  • It is dangerous to touch people with HIV/AIDS.
  • HIV/AIDS affects people of all races, sexual orientation and genders.
  • AIDS is a disease that affects mostly white people. AIDS is only a disease of immoral people, such as homosexuals and prostitutes,
  • There is NO cure for AIDS.
  • Doctors and religious leaders in our country have cured AIDS.
  • There is no AIDS in the Philippines.