Facts And Myths Regarding
Myth - Food service workers who are infected with the HIV virus can transmit it.
Fact - Food service workers who follow normally enforced personal hygiene and food sanitation
not pose any threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) Food service workers can however infect other diseases such as diarrhea or hepatitis whether or not they also
have the AIDS virus.
Myth - Body piercing (not ears) such as tattooing, body piercing and acupuncture are totally safe from AIDS
Fact - The (CDC) has documented one case of AIDS being transmitted through acupuncture. There are risks if the
body pierced area has not healed and comes in contact with an infected person's AIDS infected blood or other
infected bodily fluid.
The HIV virus can also be transmitted if the needles or instruments used multiple times have not been sterilized
or disinfected properly between clients and a client has AIDS.
Did You Know?
Since 1981 when the HIV and Aids was first recognized as something new in the
medical world, researchers and scientists have been working to learn as much about the new disease
So far they have determined the virus is spread by contact with another
contaminated person’s body fluids. This could be through contact with blood, semen, and vaginal
fluids. Once the body has the HIV virus it begins to produce more HIV particles and these begin
attacking the T-cells. The T-cells or CD4 cells burst and that allows the virus to enter the
bloodstream and invade other cells.
You should already know the difference between HIV and AIDS. HIV is a subgroup of
retroviruses that cause AIDS. The virus kills cells in the body’s immune system and progressively
destroys the body’s ability to fight infections. This inability to fight off infections also
affects some cancers too. HIV gradually gets worse until the body is no longer able to fight off
the infections and other bacteria that would normally not make people sick.
These opportunistic infections will attack the body and could be potentially life
threatening. AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It was first recognized in
New York City in 1981. The virus was isolated and identified in 1983, but it wasn’t until 1985 that
a diagnostic test was developed to test for the disease.
Myth - Any type of kissing with someone who is infected with the AIDS virus can transmit the
Fact - Closed mouth kissing does not involve any risk for HIV virus transmission. Where there
is a risk is in the type of kissing that is open mouth or "French kissing". The mouth can contain blood from open
sores, loose or missing teeth and abrasions or cuts in the tissues of the mouth; therefore there is the risk of
transmitting the aids virus through blood.
Myth - Saliva, Sweat or the Tears of a person with AIDS can transmit the AIDS
virus to another person.
Fact - There has never been a proven case in which this has happened. Although
there have been studies showing that there are small amounts of the HIV virus found in saliva, and tears; it does
not translate to being a sufficient amount to infect someone. There are no cases of this happening of HIV being
transmitted through saliva or tears.
Keeping your body in the best physical shape and not putting yourself at risk, will
help keep you from getting infected and developing AIDS.
Remain healthy, eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. If you know
you are at risk, watch for the earliest signs and see a doctor immediately.
Myth - Insects can transmit the HIV virus to humans.
Fact - When insects like mosquitos bite humans they do not inject blood into the
human when biting; they inject saliva. Any infected blood that a mosquito may draw out of an infected person's
blood only has the capability to survive for a short time in the insect's body. Because HIV does not reproduce it
cannot survive inside the insect's body. Therefore the insect itself does not become infected and cannot transmit
it to the next human they bite.
Studies have also shown that HIV is not found in the feces of insects. Even if infected blood were
to get on the mouth of the biting insect, it has been shown that they do not immediately go to another human
victim, they instead to somewhere to digest the blood meal that they just received. Any left over infected blood on
their mouth by the time they finished their meal and then flew to another human would not carry enough HIV virus to
possibly infect the next person they bite.