But first, what is HIV/AIDS? HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus that causes AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV can only be transmitted through an exchange of body fluids (e.g. semen, vaginal fluids, blood, pre-ejaculatory fluids and breast milk). A person with HIV can appear to have no symptoms for many years before it develops into AIDS in the final stages.
A: Although HIV/AIDS has no cure, it can be treated. There has been tremendous progress in the treatment of HIV/AIDS over the years. A person living with HIV/AIDS can now continue to live a strong and productive life for many years. In addition, with effective treatment, it has been found that HIV cannot be spread to others. Effective treatment with antiretroviral therapy can reduce the amount of virus in the body such that HIV cannot be spread to others.
Incorrect information on HIV may lead to stigmatising attitudes and discrimination towards people living with HIV. It can also lead to people who are at risk of HIV not coming forward to test for HIV and seeking the appropriate treatment.
Know the facts. Prevent the spread of misinformation.
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