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World AIDS Day 2012

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Did you know…

…that HIV is not spread in the air, by handshakes, and everyday activity?

…that the most dangerous  people in terms of passing on the infection are those, who are yet undiagnosed but are HIV+?

…that only around 1% of babies born to HIV+ mothers are born HIV+ in the UK?

…that you can’t get HIV from fish pedicure?

There are lots of myths and misconceptions about HIV out there.  It makes ever spending time with a HIV+ person scary! The truth is, however, that it doesn’t have to be like that.

The past two years my family has learnt that very important lesson, as there are HIV+ family members. Teenage years can be challenging, and we might enforce some general hygiene rules a little bit stricter than the average parent… like the everyone put their razor away after use one. Not that sharing razors are super dangerous… it’s just we have small children, who like to play with everything new. But also, why risk it?

My point is, the HIV virus is very fragile and doesn’t survive long outside the body. A kiss, a shared can of cola, a cuddle, a shared workspace won’t risk your life. Your kids won’t be in danger because they have a HIV+ classmate. The only thing that can put you into danger is ignorance.

Please, check out the above link if you have any questions.

3 Responses to “World AIDS Day 2012”

  1. Can HIV really be “spread in the air, by handshakes, and everyday activity?” I always heard the opposite, so I’m wondering if this is a typo. Could you please clarify?

    I’ve enjoyed reading the submissions to your “Positive Posts” linkup so far! Have a wonderful day!
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    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      Oops, the last edit on the post removed three extra letters that it shouldn’t have! Thanks for spotting that!

  2. doesitevenmatter3 says:

    Important info!!! Thank you for this post!!!
    Our knowledge has come a long way from the 1980’s. (I lived in San Francisco in the late 70’s, early-to-mid 80’s).
    Your sentence about ignorance is so true!!!
    HUGS and love to you, and to your family!
    🙂

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