“Important message from Delhi police to all over India:
For the next few weeks do not drink any product of Frooti, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). It was shown yesterday on NDTV… Please forward this message urgently to people you care… Take Care!!
Share it as much as u can.”
How many of you have been ‘fortunate’ enough to be blessed with this warning message over WhatsApp or Facebook?
Well let me tell you this is a HOAX. It is either a deceptive marketing trick to jeopardize Frooti sales or just some nincompoop trying to mess with your uneducated mind.
If you are old enough to read, you’re old enough to know all of the following facts. As Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.”
1. What actually is HIV-AIDS?
HIV-AIDS stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. So it is a virus! And no amount of antibiotics is going to cure it.
2. No, HIV didn’t come into existence as a lab experiment or because someone tried to have sex with the monkey! (zoophilia is the desire to have sex with animals)
HIV came into existence because of ingestion of chimpanzee meat containing Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) which somehow manage to acclimatize and adapt to the human body environment. Thereby, giving rise to HIV. And generated mass havoc.
3. AIDS chhune se nahi phelti.
It is TRUE.
Casual contact with someone can infect you with Leprosy. Not AIDS.
Being in the same room with an HIV positive person has a 0.01% chance of getting you infected (Like if a the glass window breaks and falls on the person having AIDS and he bleeds into your wound! Too much of Bollywood, right?) but if it’s a Tuberculosis positive person then cross your heart and hope to die.
HIV-AIDS gets transmitted through exchange of body fluids (blood and other body fluids. Not sweat or saliva though!) by sexual contact or infected needles or from mother to baby.
4. Why has this disease cause so much hysteria?
That is because for a long time people couldn’t figure out what it was. There was widespread confusion and panic. When they finally identified the organism responsible for AIDS in France in 1983, they didn’t know how to cure it. It is extremely onerous to find a drug against HIV because there are so many different forms that it can exist in! And it mutates very frequently.
5. HIV is basically a lion inside the house but a mouse outside!
HIV is a frail and fragile virus outside the human body. And it is easily killed (within minutes!). So much for all the nuisance it cause.
If you ingest it by any chance (Say the hypothetical contaminated Frooti pack), your stomach would take care of it. The acidic environment of the stomach is detrimental to the existence of the virus, thus leading to it’s not-at-all-sad demise.
6. If you actually have HIV-AIDS you would have to be apprehensive about all the other monsters out there but not HIV.
That is because people infected with AIDS never really die of it. They die because of some other cause. Something as trifling as say common cold!
It’s kind of like common cold suddenly got a promotion from being a janitor to the Vice-president at the kingdom of death.
7. Condoms do indeed protect you from acquiring HIV infection. Pills don’t.
Next time you get excited about a one night stand or that one drunk night that can turn your worst nightmare into a reality, beware!