Becky Kuhn, M.D., co-founder of Global Lifeworks, debunks the following 10 myths about HIV: HIV doesn't cause AIDS; because of ARV medications, we no longer ned to be concerned about HIV/AIDS; if you have HIV and are sexually active, you no longer need to practice safer sex; you can't contract HIV through oral sex; you can't get HIV from one sexual encounter; a woman cannot spread HIV to another woman by having sex with her; if you are HIV positive but your viral load is undetectable, you cannot spread HIV; AIDS can be spread by kissing, hugging, or shaking hands; if you have HIV, you can cure it by having sex with a virgin; every individual with HIV will eventually develop AIDS. Visit *******www.AIDSvideos****/ to learn more about HIV. Visit *******www.GlobalLifeworks****/ to learn more about Dr. Kuhn's educational work.
In this interview clip, actress Jennie Garth, who plays the character of Sarah in the Lifetime Original Movie Girl, Positive, talks about the importance of discussing AIDS and HIV with your children. The Lifetime Original Movie Girl, Positive is the story of Rachel Desperate Housewives Andrea Bowen, a high school senior, whose world is thrown into a tailspin when she tests positive for HIV. In trying to deal with this frightening news, Rachel finds an unlikely ally a substitute teacher Jennie Garth who has secretly lived with HIV for years. Unfortunately, secrets have a way of getting out, and both women soon learn that gossip, like disease, can spread swiftly. Girl, Positive premieres Monday, June 25, at 9PM ET/PT on Lifetime.
In this interview clip, actress Jennie Garth, who plays the character of Sarah in the Lifetime Original Movie “Girl, Positive,” talks about the lack of discussion of HIV/AIDS. The Lifetime Original Movie “Girl, Positive” is the story of Rachel (Desperate Housewives’ Andrea Bowen), a high school senior, whose world is thrown into a tailspin when she tests positive for HIV. In trying to deal with this frightening news, Rachel finds an unlikely ally: a substitute teacher (Jennie Garth) who has secretly lived with HIV for years. Unfortunately, secrets have a way of getting out — and both women soon learn that gossip, like disease, can spread swiftly. “Girl, Positive” premieres Monday, June 25, at 9PM ET/PT on Lifetime.
Phil Johnson, M.D. explains basic information about HIV: how to avoid contracting it or transmitting it; the importance of getting tested to know your HIV status; how HIV and AIDS are treated; and the importance of taking your antiretroviral medication as prescribed.
Phil Johnson, M.D. explains why family members don't need to worry if they live in the same household with someone who is HIV positive or has clinical AIDS. There is no evidence that HIV is transmitted among family members through living together, eating together, sharing the same cooking and eating utensils or bathroom, or other routine household contact.
Phil Johnson, M.D. discusses the problem of HIV stigma. People who contract HIV or develop clinical AIDS are sometimes stigmatized, ostracized, or discriminated against. They have lost jobs, been abandoned by friends and family, and even murdered. There is no reason for this. People with HIV or AIDS pose no threat to those around them and should get sympathy, support, and medical treatment.
Phil Johnson, M.D. discusses how having a sexually transmitted disease (STD) other than HIV (such as herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia) can increase the risk of contracting or transmitting HIV. Preventing and treating other STDs is therefore an important step for preventing the transmission of HIV.
Phil Johnson, M.D. discusses HIV/AIDS prevention efforts around the world that have proven effective including examples from Uganda, Thailand, Sweden, and France.
Sharing of needles by injection drug users is one of the most common ways that HIV is transmitted. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine are all examples of drugs that are sometimes injected. Needle exchange programs are one way to reduce the risk that HIV will be transmitted among injection drug users.
Friends and family can help HIV and AIDS patients by being supporting and accepting of the patient. This will make it easier for the patient to follow their medication regiment and maintain their health.
Phil Johnson, M.D. explains why it's important for people who are HIV positive to get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, and take care of their health in order to support their immune system and maximize their chances of a healthy life and delaying the progression of HIV to clinical AIDS.
Dr. Suniti Solomon of the Y.R.G. Centre for AIDS Research and Education tells of the first cases of HIV she detected in 1986, from a test of 100 sex workers. Today, it is estimated that more than 5 million people in India are infected with HIV. Spreading awareness and educational outreach are essential tools in preventing further spread of the disease.
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