HIV Myths

When it comes to HIV, many people don’t know the full story which leads to a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings. Let us help you sort the HIV facts from the myths.


MYTH: You can catch HIV through kissing, hugging or shaking hands.

Not true. You can’t. The fact is, saliva, sweat and urine do not contain high enough levels of HIV for the virus to be passed on.

MYTH: Someone who is HIV positive cannot have a baby.

Not true. There are steps that both partners can take to prevent transmission of HIV during conception. And provided medical advice is followed, there’s less than a one per cent chance that an HIV positive woman’s baby is born with HIV.

MYTH: If you get HIV you'll die soon.

Not true. HIV medications mean that a person with HIV can have a near normal life expectancy, especially if they are diagnosed very soon after infection.

MYTH: There is a cure for HIV.

Not true. Sadly, there’s no medication that can cure HIV. And scientists believe a cure could be more than 10 years away.

MYTH: You can get HIV from someone who spits at or bites you.

Not true. You can’t. Saliva doesn’t contain high enough levels of HIV for the virus to be passed on.

MYTH: You'll get HIV if someone who's HIV positive cuts themselves.

Not true. This could only happen if their blood enters your bloodstream through an open wound. And once the virus is outside the body, it doesn’t survive long.

MYTH: Only gay men and people from Africa get HIV.

Not true. Anyone who has unprotected sex or shares drug-injecting equipment is at risk of contracting the virus.

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