Myths about HIV Prevention
Misconceptions about how you contract HIV are common Choma - like people thinking that you can get HIV from kissing, touching or even eating from the same plate - all of which are false. But what about misconceptions about how HIV is prevented? You might have heard a few stories about how people avoid HIV, some of which are not only false but dangerous to the people it involves. So here are a few myths about HIV prevention.
Sleeping with a Virgin
It’s easy to assume that someone who has never had sex before is not HIV positive. However, you should remember that a person can also be born with HIV. HIV is also not only sexually transmitted, it can also be transmitted through the sharing of needles (blood to blood transfusion). Anyone whose HIV status you don’t know is still someone you could contract HIV from.
Washing after sex
Washing after sex does not prevent HIV. HIV can be transmitted through bodily fluids when you have penetrative sex (vaginal or anal). So once these fluids are inside your body, there is a risk of you contracting HIV.
Using the Pill
The pill doesn't contain anything that makes you less likely to contract HIV Choma. It simply controls your hormones and prevents ovulation so that you don’t fall pregnant. The only contraceptive that prevents HIV is a condom.
‘Pull out’ method
The pull out method is also not an effective way to prevent HIV. HIV is also present in pre-cum, which is the fluid released from the penis when a guy is aroused. So any form of penetrative sex is a risk Choma.
Right now Choma, the only type of medication that prevents HIV is PrEP and PEP. Any other claims by people who say they have herbs or medicines that prevent HIV are false.
The best ways to prevent HIV are to either abstain from sex or use a condom every time you have sex Choma. Know your status, know your partner’s status and practise safe sex.
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