Top HIV myths we still believe

The human immunodeficiency virus is surrounded by scientific myths that many still believe. Despite the large amount of information, people are wary of an interlocutor with HIV, fearing to get infected. We tell you what speculations and rumors should no longer be trusted.

1. HIV can be detected immediately.

Despite technological progress, the diagnosis of the virus can still be erroneous, especially during the initial check. This is not due to doctors, but because of the technique: sometimes the test becomes positive after herpes or chickenpox, so you always need to do a confirmatory analysis. A negative result also does not guarantee the absence of the virus: its incubation period can range from 3 weeks to a year. During this period, it is difficult to detect HIV: there are too few antibodies and the test does not recognize them. For this reason, it is necessary to undergo examinations once a year.

2. A woman with HIV can only give birth to an infected child.

To minimize the risk of infecting the child, an HIV-positive pregnant woman needs to take special drugs, resort to a caesarean section and feed the baby with mixtures. So the risk is not more than 1%, but it is not excluded. Even if you ignore the recommendations, the ability to give birth to a healthy child reaches 50%