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Hoax: Oklahoma Bananas DO NOT Contain HIV Virus

  • by: Perry Sanders III

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A recent article on social-media claiming that bananas have been linked to a recent HIV outbreak is completely FALSE.

Food safety has been a rising topic in recent years due to various cases of negligence that ended up getting people sick. Whether it be from salmonella infected peanut butter, or the multiple Chipotle E-Coli outbreaks, there is certainly reason to be concerned with the origins of our food.

A story is once again making its way through the internet that claims bananas have been infected with the HIV virus that are now sickening people in Oklahoma. The UNTRUE article published by hoax website Cnnews3.com falsely reports:

A 10-year-old boy who had eaten a banana his mother purchased at a Walmart in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was rushed to the emergency room due to fever, chills and fatigue just seven days after consumption. After a thorough examination, blood tests and scans the young boy tested positive for the HIV virus... Eight children, all under the age of 17, have been diagnosed as HIV-positive within the month of March.

For those of you who skipped health class, the HIV virus can only be kept alive while in a human body. Additionally, it is a virus that is impossible to detect immediately after contraction (or 7 days in the case of this untrue story). The fastest HIV can be medically detected is 4 weeks after infection, although it can often take up 6 months before high enough traces of the virus will show up on tests.

The BOGUS story written by Cnnews3.com - a website geared towards deceiving its readers on account of having a similar name to news giant, CNN - holds no truth whatsoever.

For those who are still skeptical, here is a message from the CDC to put your worries at ease:

You can't get HIV 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.

Again, this story is NOT TRUE, and is not scientifically possible.

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    還記得2006年的西門町嗎?我們時常看見一個人,舉著「Free Hugs for HIV/AIDS」的牌子,站在街頭,向來往的行人「討抱抱」,他是台灣第三對公開舉辦同志婚禮的自由作家張亞輝。在同婚未被認同的年代,張亞輝與小15歲的原住民男友安古舉辦了「彩虹婚禮」,感染HIV的他,卻於結婚五年後因病逝世。他曾感嘆:「即使我們有公開儀式,卻仍不被法令認同,如果我忽然掛了,我的遺產是無法直接給他的。」如今,大法官釋憲保障同婚,相信他在天堂也會為同志朋友感到開心。張亞輝當年之所以發起「愛之抱抱」的活動,他說:「這世界多一個人擁抱愛滋,就是多一個人接納我。」張亞輝本來是唱片宣傳,一路做到華納、BMG等唱片公司副理,帶過張雨生等數十個藝人。看起來一路順遂的他卻說,在他的生命經驗中,命運之神總是不斷地在挑戰他。「30歲那年好不容易出櫃,卻在35歲被告知感染HIV,在這段人生的黃金時期,別人很閃亮,我卻很黑暗。」後來在親友支持、陪伴下,張亞輝坦然面對,也接受心靈成長課程治療。「我漸漸體會積極活著反而比較重要,也不再去追朔過去已經發生的。」他如此敘述自己,「在社會上,我雖然是位同志,也是感染者,更是一個負面形象的人,但是我獲得非常多正面的愛,所以我要把這些愛傳下去。」此後,張亞輝便投入台灣同志運動,為同志族群爭取權益。他開始積極參與校園演講、上節目講述心路歷程,談性別、談愛滋,「我要表達的是一種社會支持。就像同性戀在法律上不被承認,但不承認並不表示我們不存在。公開結婚也是要告訴大家,我們的存在。」問他在沒有法律效益之下,為什麼仍然想和安古結婚?他說,「公開與伴侶結婚不是要出名,而是想傳遞一種幸福的訊息,透過與社會對話取得認同。我也不是想對抗,但若能拋磚引玉,讓更多不同族群勇敢發聲,那當然更好。」接著他又說,「一開始是安古常常講他什麼都不在乎,只在乎名分。我問他:你知道什麼叫做名分嗎?異性戀就是結婚,那你要不要跟我結婚?他說結就結啊。」認識張亞輝的朋友都知道,亞輝愛哭、愛安古、愛媽媽、愛朋友,更愛生命。他生前所掛心的「同性到底可不可以結婚?」也終於在日前有了結果。大法官釋憲力挺同婚,這個好消息應該可告慰張亞輝在天之靈。(撰文:許家峻  攝影:賴志揚)  -- http://www.nextmag.com.tw
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