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03 October 2017

Sex with a virgin will not cure HIV

There are some strange, dangerous and disturbing myths about HIV. Having sex with a virgin will not cure HIV, it will just put them at risk of the virus. There is no 'cure' for HIV, but taking your ART medicine every day will allow you to manage the virus and live a long and healthy life.

03 October 2017

You can't get HIV from eating fruit

There's an online myth which circulates every few months about someone getting HIV from eating fruit. Sometimes the fruit has been injected with blood, sometimes the vendor selling the fruit has HIV and has cut themself… whatever the back-story, it's a myth. You can't get HIV from eating fruit with blood on or in it.

03 October 2017

Using two condoms at the same time can cause them to break

More isn't always better! Using two condoms at the same time can cause them to break – one is enough.

03 October 2017

You cannot get HIV from sweat

There is no HIV in the sweat of an infected person. This means HIV cannot be transmitted through touch.

03 October 2017

How long do I have to take PEP?

If you think you may have put yourself at risk of HIV then you should begin taking PEP (emergency HIV treatment) within 72 hours (3 days). You'll need to speak to a healthcare professional to be prescribed PEP.

03 October 2017

You cannot get HIV from washing clothes

You cannot get HIV from washing clothes belonging to a person who has the virus. HIV cannot be transmitted through touch and isn't present in sweat. It also doesn't survive outside of the body.

03 October 2017

You should get tested, regardless of your partner's HIV test results

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

03 October 2017

You cannot get HIV from tears

Tears do not contain HIV, which means the virus cannot be transmitted from contact with someone else's tears. 

03 October 2017

You can't get HIV from sharing a phone, tablet or computer

HIV isn't transmitted by touch, sweat, or saliva, so there is zero risk of exposure from sharing a phone, tablet or computer.

03 October 2017

Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

Many people living with HIV can achieve an undetectable viral load by adhering to antiretroviral treatment over a period of at least six months. Evidence has shown that as long as you continue to have your viral load monitored by a health professional to confirm that you are undetectable, then there is zero risk of you transmitting HIV to others and your health will not be affected by HIV.