Relationship to a virgin does not mean prevention of AIDS

Relationship to a virgin does not mean prevention of AIDS

HIV infection is a major global health problem, due to which nearly 3.5 million people have lost their lives.

This figure belongs to the World Health Organization. According to these figures, about 10 lakh people died due to problems related to HIV in the past year. Nearly 34 million people are in the grip of this virus. 70 percent of such people live in Africa. In the year 2017, 18 million new people were victims of this deadly virus.

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1. Red ribbon is considered a symbol of HIV AIDS awareness

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1. The red ribbon is considered a symbol of HIV AIDS awareness

HIV infection directly means AIDS because identification of this virus is possible to recognize AIDS.


For the first time in the decade of 1980, it was revealed that many things have been said about it. How it spreads, how difficult it is to live with HIV infected people and not what to do The promotion of some of these myths was aroused among the people. On the occasion of World AIDS Day, we are going to tell about such myths.

Investigation is necessary to determine if there is a HIV virus in the blood

The investigation is necessary to determine if there is an HIV virus in the blood

Myth: Living with HIV infected people gets AIDS. It is a misconception, which has been promoted for a long time. To overcome this, the awareness campaign has been run but it has not got any much impact. In 2016, 20 percent of people believed that HIV infection spread by hand joining, hugging. They also believed that it also spread through human saliva and urine. But the truth is that HIV does not spread through touch, sweat, spit, and urine.

Then how does it spread?
1 – HIV does not spread by breathing in the same environment at all.
2 – It does not even spread through hugs, kissing and handshaking.
3 – Not eating in a single vessel does not spread.
4 – It does not spread by bathing with a single tap.
5 – HIV does not spread by sharing personal things with each other.
6 – It does not spread by sharing equipment in the gym.
7 – It does not spread by touching the toilet seat, touching the latch or handles.

This picture taken in 1991, with Princess Diana HIV sufferers in London's hospital

This picture was taken in 1991, with Princess Diana HIV sufferers in London’s hospital

HIV can be transmitted by the fluid present in the body of the infected person i.e. blood, semen, vaginal fluid or milk.

Myth: Treatment of HIV with unorthodox treatment is possible. This is not true. Alternative medicine, having sex after having sex or having sexual intercourse with a bachelor or a woman, is not safe from HIV. The argument for ‘making a connection with the Virgin’ was given in some areas of Africa, in some places of India and Thailand. But this is actually dangerous. This thinking put the rapes of many women and in some cases also put children in danger of HIV infection. It is believed that the roots of this thinking were linked to the 16th century Europe when people began to suffer from diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea. Such steps do not prove effective in the treatment of these diseases. As far as prayer and religious worship are concerned, they give people the strength to fight with difficult situations, but this does not help in ending the virus within the body.

Myth: HIV spreads through mosquito bites

There is no denying that HIV virus spreads through blood, but many studies suggest that HIV does not spread by mosquitoes or bites of blood-sucking dogs from your body. There are two reasons behind this:

1. When blood-sucking insects or mosquito bites, they do not inject the blood of the first person who bites them.

2. HIV virus remains alive for only a short time in their body.

So if you live in an area where the mosquitoes are high or HIV spreads rapidly, then it is not related to the spread of the virus by insects.

MYTH: Oral sex cannot be HIV-positive. It is true that there is less risk of HIV infection in oral sex compared to other types of sex. Speaking of infection, it is four in ten thousand cases. But having a relationship with an HIV-positive male or female can lead to HIV infection. Due to this, doctors give the idea of using condoms during sex.

Condom helps prevent any type of sexual infection and HIV infection

A condom helps prevent any type of sexual infection and HIV infection

Myth: I use condoms and I cannot be HIV. Condom swings, ruptures, or leaks during sex may be at risk of HIV. For this reason, the use of condoms for the success of the HIV AIDS awareness campaign, along with the tests of HIV virus, is also discussed so that the treatment of the infected person can be started. According to the World Health Organization, one in four HIV infected persons does not know about their own infection. This increases the risk of infection.

MYTH: I do not see any signs, I cannot be HIV positive. A person can live with the HIV virus for 10 or 15 years and it is possible that there will be no symptoms during this period. In the first few weeks of infection, only symptoms like fever, headache, throat in itching and dry throat may appear. Later you can see other symptoms. This is because the infection gradually weakens the body’s immune system. After this, lymph glands may cause swelling, body weight, fever, diarrhea, and cough. An infected person can have serious diseases such as tuberculosis, cryptococcal meningitis, severe bacterial infections and diseases of lymphoma and Kaposi sarcoma (a type of cancer).


Cancer cells

Cancer cells

Myth: Those who have HIV, they die at an early age. Those who already know about their infection and treat their treatment properly, they live a better life. UNAIDS says 47 percent of the people in which the virus is suppressed ie i.e. HIV is tested in the blood, it may be possible that it can not be found. Such people can not be the reason for spreading infection among others. Infection with the HIV negative person does not spread the infection even with its body. However, the risk of HIV infection increases as the treatment closes in the middle and its marks in the blood can be found again.


According to the World Health Organization, 2017 HIV infection was given to 217 million people for antivirus medicines for HIV. This figure increased to 88 lakh in 2010. According to these data, 78% of HIV positive people were aware of their infection.

A new way out to save women from HIV in Malawi

A new way out to save women from HIV in Malawi

Myth: HIV children receive HIV from their infected mother. It is not necessary to do this. In the mothers who have a virus suppressed, i.e., whose correct treatment runs, can give rise to the child without risk of infection.

Lopamudra Roy Editor

I am a market research professional, currently working in the Industrial and Consumer Goods domain. I have worked on several critical projects of Consumer Goods, Industrial, and ICT in coordination with Fortune 500 companies,
I have completed my Masters in Economics from Calcutta University, Bachelor in Economics from Bethune College. In addition to this, I have completed Data Analytics Course from Ivy Professional School and I am proficient in tools like SAS, R, STATA, and also proficient in Advanced Excel, SQL, VBA.

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