In 2013, the Commission of Aids group in Corozal Town conducted a survey where Corozalenos were asked to answer a number of questions pertaining to the HIV Virus. The findings of that report were released last month and it shows that there is a lack of information when it comes to the way HIV/AIDS is transmitted. One of the major concerns brought up was the transmission of the virus by mosquito bites.


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“Something that we found out while doing the survey because the survey was for young persons and a few people were thinking that HIV could be transmitted through a mosquito bite but obviously that can’t happen because the HIV virus only affects humans and cannot be transmitted otherwise other than through body fluid, through sharing needles and through blood transfusion so more than like you cannot get a HIV positive or if you get a mosquito bite.”


In sight of this concern a campaign will be launched to bring awareness on the transmission of the virus, says Public Relations Officer for the commission, Elmer Cornejo.


Elmer Cornejo – PR Aids Commission Corozal


“Things that we are going to be doing is right now we are in the process of planning different activities that we want to do especially educated campaign to give out knowledge to the community of Corozal because more than likely we are still having these kinds of myths can make us make indecisive decisions that can put ourselves at risk, we will be having a meeting in the next few days to map out an activity plan for the rest of the year.”


Study has proven that HIV enters the body through open cuts, sores or breaks in the skin, through mucous membranes or through direct injection.

 

There are several ways by which this can happen and this includes sexual contact with an infected person, sharing of needles, syringes or other injection equipment with someone who is infected, Mother-to-child transmission, Transmission in health care settings and transmission via donated blood or blood clotting factors. As previously mentioned a committee meeting is scheduled for this weekend in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.

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