25 Years Later, Misconceptions Persist About HIV/AIDS

Chattanooga (AP) -- In the 25 years since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified AIDS, misconceptions still surround the disease in Tennessee.

Many people still associate HIV and AIDS with gay white men, but in Hamilton County last year, 51% of all reported cases of HIV were blacks.

Increasingly, AIDS sufferers also include Hispanics, women and children.

Meantime, misconceptions persist about how someone can become infected with HIV.

Some youngsters still think you can get HIV from mosquitoes or from sitting on a toilet seat.

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