This quiz consists of basic information for the newly diagnosed HIV positive person and anyone who wants to learn more about HIV
Questions are about
- transmission, or how the virus is passed from person to person (change to HIV)
- HIV treatments
- myths around HIV and AIDS
- new information about staying healthy after being diagnosed with HIV
#1. With an early diagnosis, most people with HIV can expect to live?
With an early diagnosis, most people with HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan. Thanks to modern treatments and healthcare, HIV is now a manageable health condition. Find out more in our Living with HIV section,
#2. Most people with HIV will not develop AIDS if they are on treatment
Most people with HIV will not develop AIDS if they are treated. Modern HIV treatments reduce the levels of HIV in a person’s blood to levels that are undetectable by sophisticated medical testing. This means the immune system can function normally and a person with HIV can live a healthy life.
#3. Can you get HIV through kissing, sharing a cup or by mosquitoes?
HIV is transmitted by sex without a condom, sharing injecting equipment and from mother to child. Transmission is directly related to viral load.
#4. Modern treatment for HIv is simple and easy to take, with few or no side effects
Modern treatment for HIV is simple and easy to take, with few or no side effects. These days, treatment for HIV is much simpler. Most people only take 2-4 tablets a day, and some people take only one. Side effects are fewer and can be managed with the appropriate support. The main trick is remembering to take them, as HIV treatment must be taken every day at about the same time.
The good news is that HIV treatments are good for health, and they significantly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV during sex. Condoms are still recommended however, as they prevent STIs (sexually transmitted infections) as well as HIV.
#5. A person who is taking treatment for HIV every day and as prescribed is unlikely to pass the virus on?
A person who is taking treatment for HIV is unlikely to pass the virus on. Randomised clinical trials (scientific studies) have proven that HIV treatment is 96% effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. This means that a person with HIV who takes treatment as prescribed, without missing any doses, is highly unlikely to transmit HIV to their partner during sex.
Most people who transmit HIV don’t know they have the virus. When people know they have HIV they take steps to prevent transmission, such as using condoms and taking HIV treatments.
#6. A woman with HIV who is on treatment can have a HIV negative baby
A woman with HIV who is on treatment can have an HIV negative baby.
By following prevention strategies women with HIV in Australia are able to give birth safely to their babies without transmitting HIV. The woman must be taking HIV treatment and have an undetectable viral load and follow other prevention advice such as not breastfeeding. In some instances, a cesarean section will also be recommended.