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Mosquitoes can't give you HIV and other myths busted

Many people are afraid of HIV and for good reason. Wherever there is fear, there is also lots of room for misconceptions. Don't worry though: we are here to bust the myths and leave you confident about your HIV knowledge.

 

  1. You can get HIV through hugging and kissing
    No, you can't. Blood, semen, vaginal and rectal fluids as well as breast milk are the only means of HIV transmission. While spit does contain the virus, you would need bucket loads of spit to risk infection. And we sincerely hope that you never experience kissing someone with that much spit involved!
    You should avoid kissing someone who has bleeding wounds in their mouths though, especially if you do, too. Because then there is a risk of infection.
  2. You can get HIV from sharing glasses and cutlery
    Nope. Just as with kissing, this is impossible. Even in the unlikely case of encountering traces of blood on a fork you are using, you aren't at risk. The virus can't survive outside the body for long.
  3. Mosquitoes can give you HIV
    Wrong. Mosquitoes can give you a bunch of nasty diseases, but not HIV. Because when an insect bites a person, it doesn't inject its own or a previously bitten person's blood into the next person it bites.
  4. You can't protect yourself from getting HIV
    Yes, you can. Use condoms with all your partners, unless you are in a relationship with a faithful partner and you both get tested regularly. Or until you are in a relationship like that, you can decide not to have sex at all, to abstain. All this will help to keep you safe from HIV.
  5. There is no need to use condoms if you are both infected
    Even if you are both infected, you should still use condoms whenever you have sex. Otherwise, you can get re-infected or get infected with a different type of the virus. And that makes treatment more difficult and can reduce your life expectancy.
  6. You get HIV from naughty behavior
    No. People have had multiple sex partners, bought sex from sex workers and used drugs for a long time before the first HIV/AIDS cases were known.
    Being HIV-positive doesn't mean that you have done something bad. You can also get infected through a blood transfusion, at birth or by having sex with a partner who is HIV-positive.
  7. If you’re HIV positive, you can't have children
    Thanks to all the research and new developments within the HIV/AIDS field, it is now very possible for HIV-positive mothers and fathers to have healthy babies. It takes some careful planning and help from your healthcare provider. But if you follow the guidelines closely, your chances of having an HIV-negative baby are very high.
  8. You can tell if somebody is HIV-positive
    No, you can't. Most people with HIV look perfectly healthy. And only once someone has gotten to the AIDS stage (usually eight to 10 years after getting infected), some signs and symptoms can be visible. But thanks to the great medications available today, even then a person might still look and feel healthy for many more years.
  9. You can get rid of HIV by sleeping with certain people
    Having unprotected sex with virgins, children, people with disabilities or large people will not cure you of HIV. So don't believe the myths, and don't even consider doing it!

This article was first published on 25th April 2014.

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Comments
i have sex with my girlfriend without condoms if i get married with another girl when i use condom to protect from hiv then how can i make him pregnant
Bete idea of sex without condoms is not very safe as it may lead to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. https://lovematters.in/en/resource/safe-sex If you would like to join in on a further discussion on this topic, join our discussion board, "Just Ask" . https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Yadi jis viykati ke saath aap unsafe sex kar rahe hain use HIV hai toh HIV hone ki sambhavna hai. Duniya bhar mein sabse adhik HIV casess, sex ke zariye hue hain.Lekin HIV aur bhi kai asurakshit karano se hota hai.So! Zara detail mein yeh niche diya hua link padhiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain toh hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil hon! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
vishal singh
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 00:23
Mam may nay 3months may 3times apna HIV test karya joking non reactive negative Maya par ek doubt may apsay phuchna Chatham ho kya mukh mahatihun say HIV hot a hair kya may but pershan ho please help karo
Hi, I have been masturbating for now 4 years.What can i do to stop it coz am a dictade to it? In those four years i had sex once but i didn't enjoy and also my penis changed shape its now bent.And what are chances of getting children coz i masturbate every day three times.Thanks for your time you take to advise us.
Bete, masturbation is not linked to any of the things that you are describing. It does not affect your sperm count.Masturbation is a safe way to satisfy yourself. It would do no harm nor any illness. But there are many other activities where you can spend or utilize your time such as sports, games Or hobbies. https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/men-masturbating for curvature of penis, worry not, its very common, just read this: https://lovematters.in/en/resource/penis-shapes-and-sizes If you would like to join in on a further discussion on this topic, join our discussion board, "Just Ask" . https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Yadi jis viykati ke saath aap unsafe sex kar rahe hain use HIV hai toh HIV hone ki sambhavna hai. Duniya bhar mein sabse adhik HIV casess, sex ke zariye hue hain.Lekin HIV aur bhi kai asurakshit karano se hota hai.So! Zara detail mein yeh niche diya hua link padhiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain toh hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil hon! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
I have sex with my girlfriend before 6 month and she is not HIV positive ,so it has any chance that I will infected by HIV .reply
If the person you are having sex with, is HIV positive, chances of HIV virus transmission may be there, but if she is not as you say, it isn't possible. Most of the HIV cases around the world have happened through sex, but HIV also spreads through other ways. Read here: https://lovematters.in/en/resource/hiv If you would like to join in on a further discussion on this topic, join our discussion board, "Just Ask” https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Yeh sambhav nahi hain. Hastmaithun ek safe/surakshit tareeka hai apni santushti karne ka. Isse koi nuksaan ya beemari nahin hoti. Yadi chahein toh bahut see activities hain, jinmein aap samya bitaa sakte hain. Jaise ki khel – games, gym ya koi hobbies…ok? Yeh bhi padhiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/men-masturbating https://lovematters.in/hi/news/i-could-masturbate-anytime-anywhere Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain toh hamare discussion board ‘Just Poocho’ mein zaroor shamil hon! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Naveen kumar
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 15:13
I live in Delhi. I had sex with a prostitute on 6th April 2018. The condom got ruptured and we came to know about it only when I was done ejaculating in her. I asked for her contact number so that I can get her tested for HIV next day. She gave me her number , but she is not picking up my calls and now her phone goes switched off. Once she picked up and told that I need not worry about it, she's not HIV positive and she goes for routine check ups regulary. But how can I trust her ?I m so worried that I may get HIV. What should I do now ? Please help, please reply.
Anonymous
Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:23
Mene do ladko k sth sex kiya hai unsafe ek ladke se 5 saal se sex relation hai hmne sirf ek do bina protection k sex kiya hai kya muje hiv to nhi hoga kya blood ttest krwane se hiv ka pta chal jata hai
Yadi unme se kisi bhi viykati ko HIV hai toh HIV hone ki sambhavna hai.. Aur yadi unmein se kisi ko bhi HIV nhai hai toh yeh nahi ho SAKTA! lekin phir bhi kisi bhi doubt mein se rehne se achha hai ki ek HIV test zarrur kar lein. Saath hi sex mein Jo bhi karein, SAFE karein. https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv https://lovematters.in/hi/safe-sex/can-i-date-an-hiv-person Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judhna chahte hain toh hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Anil kumar
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:00
Maine prostitute ke sath sambhog kiya wo bhi condom ke sath but ek galti hui maine uski yoni ko chata to usee koi problem mam?
Oral sex karnay mein koi samsya nahi maslan saaf-safai ka poora dhyan rakha gaya ho aur ismay dono partners ki barab marzi shamil ho toh! aur behtar hoga yadi condom ka isteml kiya jaey aur yaha padh lijiey : https://lovematters.in/hi/making-love/ways-to-make-love/oral-sex-dos-and-donts https://lovematters.in/hi/making-love/ways-to-make-love/cunnilingus-the-ultimate-dos-and-donts https://lovematters.in/hi/making-love/ways-to-make-love/top-tips-for-the-best-blowjob Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judhna chahte hain toh hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Nahi bete HIV chhune se nahi hota hai. Yadi jis viykati ke saath aap unsafe sex kar rahe hain use HIV Positive hai toh HIV hone ki sambhavna hai. Duniya bhar mein sabse adhik HIV casess, sex ke zariye hue hain.Lekin HIV aur bhi kai asurakshit karano se hota hai.So! Zara detail mein yeh niche diya hua link padhiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv https://lovematters.in/hi/safe-sex/stdsstis/hivaids-top-five-facts Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain to hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Raj bete HIV aise nahi hota hai. Yadi jis viykati ke saath aap unsafe sex kar rahe hain use HIV Positive hai toh HIV hone ki sambhavna hai. Duniya bhar mein sabse adhik HIV casess, sex ke zariye hue hain.Lekin HIV aur bhi kai asurakshit karano se hota hai.So! Zara detail mein yeh niche diya hua link padhiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv https://lovematters.in/hi/safe-sex/stdsstis/hivaids-top-five-facts Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain to hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Aunty g Kya HIV positive aadmi bina sex kiye hue apne partner ke sath rah sakta hai ya apne partner ko pakar Sakta hai mera MATLAB hai bina sex ke sath men so Sakta hai
Jee han bete bilkul rah sakta hai, pakad sakte hai aur so bhee sakte hain saath hee aap unhe bata kar.. unki marzi jaan kar... condom use kar ke sex bhee kar sakte hain. Ise padh lijiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv https://lovematters.in/hi/safe-sex/stdsstis/hivaids-top-five-facts Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain to hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Dear auntyji Maine HIV positive girl ke saath sex Kiya hai and us time Maine duble duble condom use Kiya hai To mujhe Kya HIV ho sakta hai
Raaz beta! Nahi condom ka istemaal sabse easy aur bharosemand upay hai HIV ko rokne ka. Toh iske chances na ke barabar hai. Aapko koi sandeh ho toh ek vishesgya ya sarkari hospital se sampark kijiye. Yadi jis viykati ke saath aap unsafe sex kar rahe hain use HIV hai toh HIV hone ki sambhavna hai. Lekin jo sthiti aap bata rahe hai usme HIV hone ki sambhawna toh nahi lagti hai lekin phir bhi kisi bhi doubt mein se rehne se achha hai ki ek HIV test zarrur kar lein. Saath hi sex mein Jo bhi karein, SAFE karein. Zara ise padh lijiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/hiv https://lovematters.in/hi/safe-sex/can-i-date-an-hiv-person Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain to hamare disccsion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
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