A lot of us may have heard the news about the HIV Blood scare.
It was reported that some HIV infected individuals who are probably out of their sane minds have been extracting their blood using needles to inflict the virus to others. Alleged method of victimizing others include sticking others with needles or contaminating food. Remember the ketchup dispenser scandal?
Now here’s an FB post by a netizen, claiming that the apple she bought is tainted by HIV blood.
In her narration, the apple was bought from a street vendor (bangketa). She and her friend already noticed a bruise from the fruit’s skin so they decided not to eat it immediately. They sliced the apple and that’s when a bright red strip in the apple’s inside showed up.
This HIV Blood scare really created noise at its news outbreak. However, there has been no official report on victims of this modus. It was later considered as prank and hoax by authorities.
In the US this “pinprick legend” also occurred but was also later considered as an Urban legend.
CDC.gov (Center for Disease Control and Prevention,US) clarifies the possibility of contracting HIV with a needle-stick injury saying –
- The average risk for HIV infection after a needlestick or cut exposure to HlV-infected blood is 0.3% (about 1 in 300). Stated another way, 99.7% of needlestick/cut exposures to HIV-contaminated blood do not lead to infection.
- The risk after exposure of the eye, nose, or mouth to HIV-infected blood is estimated to be, on average, 0.1% (1 in 1,000).
- The risk after exposure of the skin to HlV-infected blood is estimated to be less than 0.1%. A small amount of blood on intact skin probably poses no risk at all. There have been no documented cases of HIV transmission due to an exposure involving a small amount of blood on intact skin (a few drops of blood on skin for a short period of time). The risk may be higher if the skin is damaged (for example, by a recent cut), if the contact involves a large area of skin, or if the contact is prolonged.