Here Are 6 HIV Myths You Need to Stop Believing Right Now






Recently, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has listed Nigeria as second largest HIV epidemic in the world. Which means the country has the second highest number of citizens with HIV and it has one of the highest new infection rates in sub-Saharan Africa. 

In the light of that, I decided that an article that debunks the myths and exposes some of that false stories about the virus was long overdue. For example, believing that a condom could provide you 100% protection from the virus, now that is a flawed belief. 

On a basic level, most of us are familiar with the virus, how it spreads, and how it affects the body and the preventive measures. 

But there are so many misconceptions about the virus that exist since it came into the public eye in the 1980s. 

Here are 6 myths about HIV that most of you believe and the truths that should dispel them for good. 



1. HIV MYTH: TRANSMISSION IS ALWAYS A HIGH RISK FROM PEOPLE WITH HIV

For decades, this was actually true. 

If you had HIV then there is a high risk of transmitting the disease but is all in the past. Right now if you HIV is undetectable, meaning the viral load is low enough so it doesn't show up on blood tests - then it's very unlikely to be transmitted. 

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According to Dr. Malvestutto, you should still use a condom to prevent STDs, but if there is a possibility that the condom breaks during sexual activity, the risk of you contracting HIV from an infected person is not there. 

In fact, the CDC recently released a letter referencing this in September, 


people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner

So that's done and dusted.




2. HIV MYTH: HIV SHORTENS YOUR LIFESPAN CONSIDERABLY

Now, this is a myth I once believed in. I have heard of stories of infected persons dying within 10 years, some wouldn't live for up to a year before their body shuts down. 

According to Dr. Malvestutto, those with HIV could have the same lifespan as someone without HIV. He said 

If you're undergoing antiretroviral treatment and your viral load is undetectable, then you have about the same lifespan as someone without HIV. 

According to a new study published in The Lancet, people who started antiretroviral therapy during 2008 to 2010 with CD4 cell counts above 350 (a marker of immune health) one year after initiation have an estimated life expectancy approaching that of the general population. 

However, there is one caveat to that: heart disease. According to Northwestern University researchers, people with HIV can have double the risk of heart attack, which makes it more important for people with HIV to live a healthy lifestyle like quitting smoking, exercising, eating healthy and controlling high blood pressure to reduce the chances of heart attack.




3. HIV MYTH: IF YOU HAVE HIV, YOU HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF DRUGS WITH LOTS OF SIDE EFFECTS

This myth was once true but isn't any longer. Unlike the early days of HIV treatment, medications no longer present serious side effects which once included severe muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and headache. 

Although some people have reported side effects and toxicity after taking few medications to control the virus. 

According to Dr. Malvestutto. 

Most people are afraid of going on treatment because they think they'll get incredibly sick, but that doesn't happen anymore. The majority of people just take their pill to keep the virus suppressed and have no side effects at all. 




4. HIV MYTH: CONDOMS AND CLEAN NEEDLES ARE THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT HIV TRANSMISSION

10 years ago, yes condoms and clean needles were the only possible way to prevent HIV transmission, but since then there have been improvements and you can prevent HIV transmission through a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment called Truvada which is a pill meant to prevent HIV infection for those who don't HIV. 

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The pill works by blocking the HIV virus from attacking the immune system. So if there are any chances you are with a partner who you aren't sure of their status and there happens to be a condom breakage, you can go for an HIV test and also get on PrEP to help prevent the possibility of an infection. 




5. HIV MYTH: IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO HIV, THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT INFECTION

Well, You can prevent an HIV infection through post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you are exposed to the virus. PEP are antiretroviral drugs that must be administered within 72 hours or sooner in case of potential HIV exposure and can reduce the risk of infection. 




6. HIV MYTH: YOU CAN EASILY GET HIV FROM ANY EXCHANGE OF FLUIDS, INCLUDING ORAL SEX

Actually, you can't. HIV is transmitted through blood or semen, but the CDC emphasizes that you have "little to no risk" of getting or transmitting HIV from oral sex, because of low chances of semen entering the bloodstream. 

The risk is only high if there are sores in the mouth or penis or bleeding gums. 

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor



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6 comments:

  1. Very resourceful ...
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    I had always believe in a number of these myth. But no more

    By the way, who's Dr. Malvestutto?

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