11 Myths About AIDS in Black America

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  • Magic Johnson Is Cured
  • Government Has a Cure for HIV, but Won’t Share It
  • You Can't Get HIV From Anal Sex
  • Life Is Over When You Test Positive
  • Testing for HIV Means You Are Looking for It
  • AIDS Meds Will Kill You
  •  Down-Low Men Fuel the Epidemic
  • You Can Tell If Someone Has HIV
  • HIV Only Happens to Promiscuous People
  • Straight Men Don’t Get HIV
  • HIV Positive Folks Purposely Go Out and Infect Others
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

You Can't Get HIV From Anal Sex

This is a common misconception about heterosexual men and women and yet this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Regardless of your sexual orientation, anal sex is 18 times riskier than vaginal sex when it comes to HIV transmission. Wearing condoms during anal and vaginal sex is crucial.

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