When I started collecting data for this project I found on the internet pages and pages filled on the issue. And many of the resources (like NACO, MDAC) can be considered reliable. After going through that I got enough material to write any paper giving all kinds of information regarding HIV. Although this is not the place to discuss that information in detail I would like to mention few things here.
In the past, people have had good reason to be afraid of "catching" diseases. Although they had many explanations about why people became ill and died, they did not know what caused a disease, or how to avoid it. Now, we have the benefit of science to provide us with answers. We now know how to prevent HIV, human
immunodeficiency virus. However, myths and misconceptions continue to develop.
Some common MYTHS regarding HIV/AIDS
"A person can get HIV by:
• sharing food with an infected person
• hugging an infected person
• insect bites or
• only from gays or drug users
"Only promiscuous people get AIDS."
"AIDS only affects gay men."
"You can catch AIDS from being around someone who is infected."
"AIDS is only an Lower class problem."
"AIDS is a death sentence."
"You could tell if someone had HIV or AIDS."
"A person with HIV or AIDS did something to deserve it."
"I wouldn’t treat someone differently if they told me they had HIV or AIDS."
"AIDS is going away."
HIV is passed to others by:
•direct intimate contact with HIV-infected body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen
•having oral sex with an HIV-positive partner
•an HIV-infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breast feeding
•having sexual intercourse without a latex or plastic condom with an HIV-positive partner and
•HIV-contaminated needles from drug use, tattoos, or body piercing