Reddit Users Share NSFW Facts Learned At A Late Age, Proving People Are Clueless About Sex

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Aliyah Kovner 06 Nov 2018, 10:37

A user named punkterminator wrote, “[t]hanks to some subpar sex ed, my first boyfriend thought HIV spontaneously generates when two guys have sex. We went to get tested for HIV after we [had sex] for the first time, even though we were both virgins before.”

This misunderstanding likely stems from the many myths of HIV transmission that arose because the infection was first thought of as a gay male disease. Indeed, before researchers fully understood the cause of the illness or the ways it could spread and before the terms human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) were coined, it was known as gay-related immune deficiency, or GRID. First identified as a cluster of cases in 1981, it wasn’t until 1983 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined transmission can only occur if infected bodily fluids – blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid (aka pre-cum), vaginal fluid, rectal fluid, breast milk – make direct contact with another person’s mucous membranes or are introduced into the bloodstream. Although it has been 35 years since this discovery, misconceptions about who and how one can get HIV/AIDS have remained.

It is important to know that you cannot acquire the infection through contaminated air or water, sharing food or beverages, sitting on a toilet seat, or through contact with someone else’s sweat, tears, or saliva.

For more pitiable examples of sexual ignorance, check out the thread yourself. And to make yourself feel better afterward, we highly recommend looking at some cute animal photos and videos on the r/Aww subreddit.

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