Claim: Oranges from Libya have been injected with HIV-positive blood and pose a danger of infection.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2015]
The immigration services of Algeria recovered a large quantity of
these oranges coming from Libya. These oranges were injected with positive
tested Hiv & AIDS blood.
Please share this msg & warn people of d dangers involved
Just saw the following on Facebook: The immigration services of
Algeria recovered a large quantity of these oranges coming from Libya.
These oranges were injected with positive tested HIV & AIDS blood.
and had been injected with the blood of an HIV-positive person.
The image appended to the post had previously appeared on a Facebook page on
Regardless of the origin of the image, the underlying claim is not plausible. Even if oranges shipped from Libya (or elsewhere) to Algeria were injected with HIV, no threat would be posed by that sort of contamination. As we noted in discussion of earlier rumors about
Except for rare cases in which children consumed food that was pre-chewed by an HIV-infected caregiver, HIV has not been spread through food. The virus does not live long outside the body. You cannot get it from consuming food handled by an HIV-infected person; even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus.
Plausibility notwithstanding, rumors about unwitting folks engaged in otherwise low-risk activities contracting HIV have circulated for decades. Similar versions involved a booby-trapped
Last updated: 25 February 2015