No, you can’t catch AIDS.
When people think of HIV and AIDS, they think all sorts of things including death and exposure. They think of myths that have been around since the 1980s that continue to persist today. June is AIDS Education Month and it’s our duty as people who love and support those with HIV/AIDS to pick up the slack and challenge these myths because they are damaging to people living with HIV/AIDS and they’re detrimental to preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Let’s look at some myths and some facts and make sure you’re armed with knowledge this Pride month!
You can catch AIDS from someone – False!
You can’t catch AIDS. You can only get HIV. AIDS is a condition caused by HIV when the virus has destroyed much of the immune system. Many people living with HIV never actually progress to AIDS and can live long, healthy lives with healthy immune systems if they adhere to treatment. If a person living with HIV’s immune system gets too low, they’re diagnosed with AIDS and that diagnosis stays with them, even if their immune system gets back to normal.