Online rumours claim that a factory worker contaminated bottles of Pepsi with HIV-infected blood.
The rumours have sprung up several times since 2011 and vary in specifics, depending on the source.
But, despite the numerous claims, none of them are true.
The rumor that Pepsi has been contaminated with HIV has a long history.
It started as a false news report published on the internet in 2011.
The rumour has changed a few times over the years, from an unfounded religious-themed warning in 2011 to a version that states that the warning was first issued by an anonymous author’s cousin.
The truth is, however, that HIV cannot survive outside the human body.
It is highly sensitive to pH changes and would not spread from a person to another through contaminated Pepsi.
It would be even more unlikely if an HIV-infected person drank tainted Pepsi.
The CDC has also spoken out on the rumour, saying that there are no reports of HIV infections from food and drinks.
A false hoax circulating on social media recently claimed that Pepsi was contaminated with HIV.
While it’s true that HIV can be transmitted from living to the living, consuming contaminated food or drinks would not cause one to contract the disease.
Moreover, no evidence was found to support this claim, and the story was not shared by any news outlets.
Even Sky News and BBC had no stories on this topic.
The message, which was spread through various social networking sites and emails, claimed that a worker at a Pepsi factory had contaminated the bottles with blood infected with HIV.
Although the message was circulated around India in July, no one believed it, because the claims were false and not based on scientific evidence.
HIV cannot be transmitted via food or drink
It is not possible to pass on HIV from person to person via food or drink.
It can only be transmitted through body fluids. These fluids include blood, vaginal fluid, and breast milk.
The virus cannot survive in open air or acidic environments. Moreover, it cannot survive inside saliva or sweat.
The human immunodeficiency virus is responsible for the development of AIDS and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
While there are rumors that food contaminated with HIV can be transmitted to other people, there are no confirmed cases of transmission.
In the past, some people have contracted HIV by eating contaminated food. This has since been proved false.
Infected blood is not found in food or drink
When identifying an individual’s risk for contracting AIDS, a person must determine whether or not they have been exposed to infected blood.
The condition of HIV infection is classified into three stages, the earliest of which is called stage I, followed by stage II.
Stage III disease is associated with bacterial infections and severe mucocutaneous manifestations, while stage IV disease can lead to Kaposi’s sarcoma.
The majority of stage II and stage III symptoms are treatable in healthy people.
HIV infection is transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluids.
People with AIDS can also pass the virus to their newborns through unprotected sex.
Bloodborne HIV can also be transmitted by sharing needles and other drug injection equipment.
CDC confirms that people have acquired HIV through oral contact with HIV-laden bodily fluids
While most people don’t think of HIV as an oral infection, the CDC has confirmed that some people have acquired it through oral contact with HIV-laden bodily liquids.
While there is no guarantee of transmission, it is possible. Although the odds of this happening are extremely small, it has happened.
Pepsi is not poison
A recent report claiming that Pepsi is not poison but tainted with HIV and Aids has been debunked.
The claim that Pepsi is contaminated with HIV is nothing more than a hoax. This rumor has been around for years.
Although the Department of Health Executive and Metropolitan Police of the United Kingdom have sent messages to citizens, neither has the CDC.
PepsiCo officials say the syringes were placed inside the can for a brief moment before it was sealed, which prevents them from getting into the drink.
They also say that they are confident the syringes did not get into the product at their plant.
Neither the FDA nor Pepsi’s own inspectors have found syringes in the cans.
CDC has received no reports of food or drinks contaminated with HIV
HIV infection can be transmitted through the bloodstream and should be avoided at all times.
Certain types of food and drink are known to be high risk, including raw meats and shellfish, Caesar salad dressing, and certain types of mayonnaise.
Other risks include exposure to unpasteurized dairy products and foods purchased from street vendors.
In addition, it’s best to avoid eating raw fruit and vegetable products. However, most bottled beverages are safe.
Blood and body fluids can also be contaminated with HIV.
Although the risk of transmitting HIV from one person to another is low, there are still precautions that need to be taken when handling blood.
Blood is the most common source of bloodborne pathogens in an occupational setting, so infection control efforts must focus on preventing blood exposure and promoting HBV vaccinations.