Is It 1990 Again?


Is It 1990 Again? HIV/AIDS Myths are Alive and … Scary

by Elizabeth Lombino

“Don’t drink from the same glass of an AIDS patient.” “AIDS may be able to spread by coughing or sneezing.” “Having AIDS means you’re dead in 5 years.” “AIDS meds can kill you quicker than AIDS.” “You can tell someone has AIDS just by looking at them.” “I can’t get AIDS – it only happens to ‘those people.'”
These are examples of statements and myths that were made back during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.  The statements are also reflective of the derogatory language used during that time. No one would say these statements or use this language now, right? Wrong. Myths like these continue to spread quicker than HIV itself. This is a very scary scenario.

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