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Hiv Needle Attack Rumors

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I got an e-mail warning that a man, who was believed to be HIV positive, was recently caught placing blood in the ketchup dispenser at a fast food restaurant. Because of the risk of HIV transmission, the e-mail recommended that only individually wrapped packets of ketchup be used. Is there a risk of contracting HIV from ketchup? No incidents of ketchup dispensers being contaminated with HIV-infected blood have been reported to CDC. Furthermore,...
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Rumors about HIV in Movie Theaters, Phone Booths, etc.

I recently received this e-mail. Is this possible? Subject: Police Statement- A real situation threatens you and your family. For your information, a couple of weeks ago, in a Dallas movie theater, a person sat on something sharp in one of the...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. What you have heard about is a rumor that has been circulating all throughout the Internet. This rumor is not true. Unfortunately, you cannot believe everything you read online. HIV has never been transmitted under... Read more »

HIV infection through "needle attacks"?

a person with blood in a syringe from a hiv +ve pt. goes in public pricking people. will those people get aids?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. The stories about people getting infected with HIV during "needle attacks", have been circulating around the Internet for years. You may hear many versions of these stories (people getting infected when they... Read more »

Re: Rumor About Gilead Sciences

Happy Halloween (and thanks for the great web site),I too heard the rumor about Gilead Sciences' Viread pro-drug getting into lymph nodes - supposedly where no anti-HIV drug has gone before.First, is there up-to-date and accurate information on...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Lots of questions here, where to begin? Let's start with sanctuary sites. I would agree with the top HIV researcher that felt "that all drugs pretty much get into all areas of the body". Although it may not have been formally tested... Read more »

Was shot with a ball (containing needles) at a rave... HIV? PLEASE HELP! (NEEDLE STICK) (URBAN LEGEND, 2009)

Hi Doc. I've read the previous questions about needle stick injuries and pin pricks at this forum and you have answered all of them the same way. However, MINE IS DIFFERENT! PLEASE HELP ME OUT DOC!!! About a week ago, I went to a Electric Daisy...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Actually your experience is not different and my response about being stuck with potentially HIV-tainted sharp objects at raves remains exactly the same. No risk. It's all urban legend. (See below.) If my reassurance is not sufficient for... Read more »
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Conversion rumor

Posted by Arch, 1 Reply
I was told this by a nurse. Bigger people take longer to convert to HIV positive than samller people. I dunno if this is true or not. But I am tall and thin (6-4, 170). So I dunno if my size would affect it. I tested negative at 4 and 8 weeks, so... Read more »

Rumors?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
IS there a strain of airborne HIV going around ? I heard this on a after midnight talk show and am freaking out. Whats is up with this new so called "flu" going around also here lately ? One of my friends told me his doctor called it a airborne... Read more »

Needle Stories

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HIV Needle-Stick Rumors Still Thriving Online

Rumors of recent needle-stick incidents in Dallas and Denver, plus copycat pranks in Virginia



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Is pins and needles a symptom of hiv or is it anxiety. I have had it for almost a week now. I have read that hiv causes neuropathy problems. I get extreme anxiety attacks, especially after a night of drinking coud this be hiv?? Read more »