When it comes to truly precarious and uncomfortable diseases, misconceptions can run rampant. Few are as misunderstood as HIV/AIDS. Even in 2017, false information abounds.
The Staff at Lahey Hospital prides themselves in offering transparent true information about many diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Patients can expect real tactical approaches to various illnesses that can extend their lives, build their confidence, and allow them to have a prosperous life wherever possible.
The understanding of HIV/AIDS is flooded with bad information that the staff wants to spread as entirely untrue and even toxic to individuals who currently have the disease. These include such nuggets as only homosexuals have AIDS and that patients can’t have children.
Heterosexual Sex is Safe Sex
The understanding that only homosexual men get HIV/AIDS has been mostly relegated to the hysteria and lack of information in the 80’s and 90’s in regards to this disease. But, a few still believe that homosexual men are really only vulnerable to the disease. This is hardly the case, as statistics show roughly 25% of infections after 2010 have been heterosexual, with two-thirds of that group being women.
Patients Can’t Have Children or Children HIV-Free
Patients who currently have HIV/AIDS and are pregnant can have a baby without the disease. As a matter of fact, it is rather likely this will occur. This is especially so if the patient takes their medication accurately and throughout the whole pregnancy.
This fearful concern has forced tragic decisions in patients, but it is manageable. The risk can be reduced dramatically and, in the right hands, alleviated entirely. It can never be guaranteed, but it can be reduced to a nearly zero-chance with extreme persistence.
There are many illnesses that have accompanying misinformation. The staff at Lahey Hospital seeks to remedy this by supplying fact and evidence-based information that is trusted and valued. These misconceptions can be alienating for anyone with any illness, and not just HIV/AIDS.
These stigmas are holding people back from living healthy and wonderful lives. Readers can find much more informaiton at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahey_Hospital_%26_Medical_Center. The official Wikipedia page covers the authentic history of the hospital and what has brought it to this point as a community-driven leader.