Myths and Facts

Myth: AIDS can be cured with a vaccine

Fact: There is no cure for AIDS, and no vaccine to prevent infection with HIV, but there are drugs that can slow down the spread of the virus and the rate at which it weakens the immune system.

Myth: AIDS can only be spread through sexual intercourse

Fact: The HIV virus is transmitted in body fluids including blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk. It is most commonly passed on during sexual intercourse, shared use of hypodermic needles, or from mother to child. It can also be transmitted by blood infusion, but not by ordinary social contact.

Myth: Most people in the world have access to clean water.

Fact: 884 million people in the world, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.  An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.

Myth: Health disparities only exist in primitive  areas of the world

Fact: Health disparities exist in every region of the world. No group of people on a large scale remains untouched from health disparities.

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