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Breaking the Stigma: Debunking the Myths About HIV

Breaking the Stigma: Debunking the Myths About HIV

Aids and HIV have been very rampant. Apparently, it remains among the diseases that have no solid cure available. With a healthy lifestyle and medication, an HIV patient will continue- to live fine. However, as an organization supporting people in the HIV communities, we understand that living a normal life like before HIV will never be the same. Plenty of myths regarding HIV continue to be circulating. This stigma continually affects the lives of many victims of the disease.

As a non-profit organization, we strongly believe that it is the disease that you should hate, not the person suffering the disease. With this, we are fighting to break the belief about HIV. Some of the following misconceptions about HIV are the following:

  • HIV will always result in aids. It is the most common misinformation about HIV. Aids is the final and chronic form of an HIV infection– and it will only result if the HIV remains untreated.
  • Being diagnosed with HIV is your death sentence. While in olden times, they believe that having HIV shortens a person’s lifespan. Nowadays, this is not the case. Modern times call for modern medication, and today, HIV treatments can help a patient live just as long as a person has no HIV. These treatments can also protect their partners against transmission.
  • The Human Immunodeficiency Virus can spread through kissing and touching. HIV spreads through contact with bodily fluids, like having sexual intercourse, blood, and breast milk.

Progressive Alliance For The Targeted Health (PATH) is a community outreach program in the Washington Metropolitan area. We give guidance, education, consultation about HIV. Our brothers and sisters in the community need our help the most. To learn more and to support our organization, check out our website.

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