Written one year ago, this post is still important to me, and hopefully to you.
Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day. I wonder, how much do you think about HIV/AIDS? If you live in America, I’m guessing not much. Powerful medications have changed the face of HIV; it is no longer a death sentence. People with HIV are living long, healthy lives – they’re growing up, going to college, getting married, having children, having grandchildren.
If you live in the developing world, you may think about HIV often, and in parts of the world, you will likely have been personally affected by the virus in some way.
Here are five things you should know about HIV today.
1. Do you know how HIV is transmitted – and how it’s not?
HIV is not spread through kissing, sharing cups, sneezing, holding hands, swimming, sharing a home, or being in the same classroom.
HIV can only be transmitted through sexual contact, blood-to-blood contact (sharing needles), and from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or through breastfeeding.