Daphne Joseph, a registered nurse with more than two decades experience dealing with AIDS and other STIs, discusses some misconceptions about how the HIV/AIDS can be transmitted.
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What are some of the common misconceptions you hear about STIs? Daphne Joseph: Some of the most misconception I hear are that you can pick up HIV from eating utensils that if you eat from hand of the person that has the virus you can pick it up. That's not true. Toilet seats, people think if you use the same bathroom with someone with the virus that you can easily catch it. That's not true either. We have people come in, afraid to hug, afraid to kiss somebody in the family that they have found has HIV. Hugging is not a problem, kissing is not a problem. And we did have a little talk one time with one of our patients because she had some problems with bleeding gums. Now if there is blood in the mouth or in the saliva, and it comes in contact with, say an areas that's separated in another person genital areas whatever, is a very small chance that it would be interpret, the virus could be transmitted that way but as a general rule, no.
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