Ask GTCV: Why Are People Still Getting HIV?

01 Sep Ask GTCV: Why Are People Still Getting HIV?

Today, HIV could be considered highly preventable. Medications are available to prevent the spread of HIV, and we now know how to protect ourselves by practicing safe sex.

Yet the CDC estimates that 50,000 people become HIV positive every year.

So it’s no wonder people often ask us, “Why are people still getting HIV?”

We asked the GTCV team to share their perspectives in the latest “Ask GTCV” video. Check out their thoughts below:

The team agrees: one of the top reasons people are still getting HIV is due to a lack of knowledge.

“An awful lot of people don’t know much about HIV and its transmission, and there’s a lot of false information out there.”–Linda Sue

Some people also ignore prevention tools like PrEP or condoms, both of which can help prevent HIV.

“[HIV is] really easy to get, but it’s really easy to not get if you can use the tools that are out there to prevent it.”–Ralph

Talking about HIV and educating yourself and your loved ones about the virus is one of the most important things you can do to help stop the spread of HIV. Another important step you can take is to know your status!

Why do YOU think people are still getting HIV? And what can we do to combat the spread of HIV? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!