Infographics: Myths and Facts About HIV/AIDS

Over the past three decades, mistaken ideas about HIV/AIDS have sometimes caused people to behave in ways that make them more prone to being infected with the virus. Although we still have questions about HIV, researchers have learned a lot — enough to know that people who are HIV-positive aren’t dangerous or doomed. The myths and facts surrounding the disease has brought about its misconceptions which has led to stigmatization.

Learn about the myths surrounding HIV/AIDS and know their facts.

HIV/AIDS

Also note that you cannot be infected with HIV by:

  • Breathing the same air as someone who is HIV-positive
  • Touching a toilet seat or doorknob handle after an HIV-positive person
  • Drinking from a water fountain
  • Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with someone who is HIV-positive
  • Sharing eating utensils with an HIV-positive person
  • Using exercise equipment at a gym


You can get it from infected blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or mother’s milk.

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