FACTS About HIV

With the recent debacle with a HIV positive person who was exposed online by their ex roommate, I think that solid information about HIV needs to be presented to the public.

  • Being Undetectable does not mean that you are incapable of transmitting HIV to your sexual partner.
    • HIV Tests test the HIV viral load in your blood.  Not your semen or vaginal fluid (USDHHS, 2015)
  • You can not tell when you have HIV
    • HIV can be asymptomatic, meaning that you have no way of knowing when you have contracted it (USDHHS, 2015)
  • People of all sizes people have HIV
    • HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, not the digestive system directly.  Oftentimes, HIV/AIDS can cause other complications that lead to weight loss (USDHHS, 2015)
  • HIV can be transmitted through saliva alone (CDC, 2015)
  • Bottoms and Tops can receive HIV (CDC, 2015)
  • You can transmit HIV through oral sex (CDC, 2015)
  • It only takes one time to catch HIV (CDC, 2015)
  • Being Prep only reduces the chance to contract HIV from a HIV positive person (CDC, 2016)
  • Persons with HIV can contract a different type of HIV (CDC, 2015)
  • There are laws to protect persons with HIV and victims who contracted it from people who knowingly transmit
    • This is the website to the page that list the ACTUAL LAWS pertaining to HIV per state
    • http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/policies/law/states/index.html

 

References

CDC. 2015.  HIV Transmission.  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html

CDC. 2016. PrEP: HIV Basics.  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html

US Dept of Health & Human Services (USDHHS). 2015.  Symptoms of HIV.  Retrieved fromhttps://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/signs-and-symptoms/

US Dept of Health & Human Services (USDHHS). 2015. Viral Load.  Retrieved from https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/understand-your-test-results/viral-load/