4. Does having HIV mean you also have AIDS?
In the US, a bigger percentage of people infected with HIV don’t get AIDS. AIDS is an advanced stage of HIV. To avoid developing AIDS, you will need proper and sufficient treatment and regular medical care to keep your immune system very robust thus ensuring you steer clear of developing AIDS.
5. Will I die?
Not really. With the advanced medical techniques, HIV positive people can continue to live a normal life. However, along the way, there are opportunistic diseases to deal with but there are drugs to keep your immune system strong.
6. How do I answer when people ask, ‘Can you get HIV from…?’
There are myths and misconceptions about HIV transmission. HIV can't be transmitted through shared items such as toilets, utensils. This virus can't survive in an open place. HIV thrives in body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk, and blood. Any of these fluids from an infected person can cause HIV transmission.