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If I'm HIV-positive, does it mean my life is over?

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In the early years when HIV was epidemic, the death rate from AIDS was extremely high. But today's drugs allow HIV-positive people -- and even those with AIDS -- to live much longer, normal, and productive lives.

From: 10 Common Myths About HIV and AIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AIDS InfoNet: "AIDS Myths and Misunderstandings," "Safer Sex Guidelines."

CDC: "A Glance at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic," "Deaths Among Persons with AIDS Through December 2000," "Can I get HIV from mosquitoes?"

Madison Clinic: "Myth and Reality of HIV/AIDS."

University of Pennsylvania Health System: "HIV Myths and Misconceptions."

The Journal of the American Medical Association , Aug. 16, 2006.

UptoDate: "HIV infection: Risk factors and prevalence."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

SOURCES:

AIDS InfoNet: "AIDS Myths and Misunderstandings," "Safer Sex Guidelines."

CDC: "A Glance at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic," "Deaths Among Persons with AIDS Through December 2000," "Can I get HIV from mosquitoes?"

Madison Clinic: "Myth and Reality of HIV/AIDS."

University of Pennsylvania Health System: "HIV Myths and Misconceptions."

The Journal of the American Medical Association , Aug. 16, 2006.

UptoDate: "HIV infection: Risk factors and prevalence."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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