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HIV Myths

  • You can get infected by kissing.
  • You can get HIV from sharing plates and eating utensils.
  • You can get HIV from living in the same house as someone with HIV.
  • Only certain people get HIV.

All of the statements above are FALSE. Unfortunately, in the community many people believe a lot of myths about how HIV is spread. What will happen to you if you learn you are HIV positive? What will happen once you start taking medicine? There are far too many rumors and myths for us to be able to get rid of all of them at this time.

So where can someone go to learn about HIV?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a reliable resource for all things HIV related. For face to face education the JACQUES Initiative offers a Monthly HIV 101 Course.

Monthly HIV Wellness Workshop

  • Location: 300 Armory Place, State House Conference Room (2nd Floor)
  • Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
  • When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Who: Everyone. The Course is open to all those infected or affected by an HIV diagnosis. We also encourage Volunteers and anyone wanting a better understanding of HIV to attend.
    NOTE: If you are a student or already qualified in the following professions Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Social Work or Law you are encouraged to register for the Preparing the Future (PTF) Program of Courses.
  • To Register: Should be call 443-552-2608 or e-mail

Preparing the Future

Preparing the Future aims to lay the foundation of routine HIV testing and linkage to care at the University of Maryland’s professional campus through an interprofessional approach and closing the significant gaps in the continuum of care for HIV.

HIV Information Online


The resources in this section are free and available for you to share and show your support for HIV prevention, care and treatment efforts in your community.

There are ways you can become more educated about HIV through various opportunities offered by the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). See a list of their programs.

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