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13 Myths About AIDS That People Still Believe

Best Life Logo By Elizabeth Yuko of Best Life | Slide 1 of 14: When the first case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was reported in America in 1981, there was tons of inaccurate information spread about it. Since the infection was mostly diagnosed in gay men during this time, it was incorrectly believed that only they could contract it—and was referred to as gay-related immune deficiency (GRID), as HIV charity Avert explains. Of course, we know a lot more about HIV/AIDS now than we did nearly 40 years ago, including that it can affect anyone, no matter their gender or sexual orientation. But there are still plenty of myths that surround the condition. Ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, we spoke with doctors and experts to find out the facts behind these common HIV/AIDS myths that still persist today. And for more common health myths you should disregard, check out the 40 Health Myths You Hear Every Day.

13 Myths About AIDS That People Still Believe

When the first case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was reported in America in 1981, there was tons of inaccurate information spread about it. Since the infection was mostly diagnosed in gay men during this time, it was incorrectly believed that only they could contract it—and was referred to as gay-related immune deficiency (GRID), as HIV charity Avert explains. Of course, we know a lot more about HIV/AIDS now than we did nearly 40 years ago, including that it can affect anyone, no matter their gender or sexual orientation. But there are still plenty of myths that surround the condition. Ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, we spoke with doctors and experts to find out the facts behind these common HIV/AIDS myths that still persist today. And for more common health myths you should disregard, check out the 40 Health Myths You Hear Every Day.

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