Mumbai: Before Anna Hazare’s fast, the AIDS Society of India has called as ‘misinformation campaign’ the threat to inject the Gandhian and his supporters with HIV-contaminated needles, saying such suspicions were unfounded.
Dr Ishwar S Gilada, Secretary General of the AIDS Society of India said that “It is difficult to contract HIV, as the virus does not survive outside human body for long. Virus dies as soon as blood dries. HIV contaminated blood, supposedly used for pricks like the ones described, doesn’t pose any real risk of transmission.”
Lately, Delhi Police had received a letter that endangered to infect Hazare and his followers with HIV virus contaminated needles, if they stay unyielding on Lokpal campaigning.
An unidentified letter assured that “a needle team, which has ready 500 HIV positive needles, would inject the virus in at least 1,000 people at the demonstration”.
Gilada said that “Ironically, such stories arise from the national capital and have a potential to create major panic among the people, particularly among those associated with Hazare’s campaign.”
Baseless theories of HIV spread through informal contacts, needles, eatables and water make panic-stricken people run for assist and testing, he comment.