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1) HIV+ women can give birth to an HIV- baby.

Pregnant women who are HIV+ need to take relevant anti-retrovirals (ARV’s) and regularly consult with their medical practitioner in order to prevent mother to child (MTCT) transmission.

2) HIV+ people who strictly adhere to their anti-retroviral treatment (ART) can test HIV negative.

When an HIV+ person tests HIV negative it means that their viral load has reduced significantly. However, this does not mean that the person is HIV negative.

3) South Africa has the highest rate of HIV infections worldwide.

According to the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) ‘National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey’ South Africa recorded over 400 000 new HIV infection in 2012.

4) Using petroleum jelly on a condom can break the condom.

Always use water-based or silicon-based lubricants when using latex condoms.

5) There are people who are allergic to latex condoms.

People who are allergic to latex condoms can use polyurethane condoms, also known as plastic condom.

6) There are approximately 6,4 million people living with HIV in South Africa (12,2% of the population).

Read more in the  HSRC’s ‘National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey report’.

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