I got a text message from a Nurse friend, and with a quick glance I already knew it was a “chain text”. I was about to delete it, but the message was so striking: a Pepsi employee allegedly infected with HIV contaminated a certain batch of beverage line Pepsi Cola, Tropicana Juice, 7Up, and Gatorade intentionally.
I know its a hoax. I don’t care about the text. What I’m interested was the truth regarding HIV infection if it can be passed from an infected person into the food. I grabbed my laptop and started to search about HIV.
Below are the facts that I have gathered to debunk the mystery:
HIV can’t survive long outside of a host. Like, less than a few minutes. I’m sure there’s a slight chance that if you had a cut in your mouth and ingested food that had just been smothered in HIV positive blood that you’d be infected. If the food is cooked, the virus will definitely die.
– Yahoo Answers
HIV is sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and the presence of oxygen.
– UCSF Center for HIV Information
HIV is very fragile. Unlike some other viruses (e.g. hepatitis C), HIV will not survive outside the body for very long. As soon as it leaves the body and is exposed to air, the virus will start to die, particularly if there is only a small quantity of blood, semen or vaginal fluid involved. Soap and water, shaving cream and ordinary disinfectants will certainly kill the virus if they come into contact with infected body fluid.
– The AIDS Council of SA, Inc.