HIV Myths and Facts

HIV is a serious health issue. And it’s important to know the facts about HIV and avoid spreading misinformation about the disease.  Get tested, practice safe behaviors, and help end the stigma surrounding HIV.  Let’s break down some HIV myths:

Myth: You can get HIV from kissing or sharing food.

Fact: HIV is not spread through casual contact like kissing, hugging, or sharing food. It’s mainly transmitted through unprotected sex or sharing needles.

Myth: HIV only affects certain groups of people.

Fact: HIV can affect anyone, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. It’s important for everyone to protect themselves and get tested regularly.

Myth: You can tell if someone has HIV just by looking at them.

Fact: You can’t tell if someone has HIV just by looking at them.  Many people with HIV look healthy and don’t show any symptoms for 10 or more years.

Myth: There is no treatment for HIV.

Fact: While there’s no cure, there are treatments available that can help people with HIV live long and healthy lives. These treatments can also help prevent HIV and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others.

One of the best things you can do is to know your status – that’s the first step in taking charge of your health.  Vivent Health offers free, confidential HIV and STI testing in our clinics across the country.  Our staff is knowledgeable, kind, and treats every person who walks through the door with the utmost dignity and respect.  Call today to schedule your free HIV or STI test.  We are here for you!