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28 Jul 2008

Can HIV survive on a fruit?
Good Morning

I received the following email this morning:

" Buying Cut fruit - Beware better cut it yourself

It' s in Singapore - Waterloo Street. A 10 year old boy, had eaten pineapple about 15 days back, and fell sick, from the day he had eaten.Later when he had his Health check done... doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS. His parents couldn' t believe it...Then the entire family under went a checkup... none of them suffered from Aids. So the doctors checked again with the boy if he had eaten out...The boy said ' yes' . He had pineapple that evening. Immediately a group from the hospital went to the pineapple vendor to check. They found the pineapple seller had a cut on his finger while cutting the pineapple  his blood had spread into the fruit. When they had his blood checked...the guy was suffering from AIDS...but he himself was NOT aware. Unfortunately the boy is suffering from it now. Please take care while u eat on the road side and pls fwd this mail to your dear one' s. PEOPLE PLEASE TAKE CARE PLEASE FORWARD THIS MAIL TO ALL THE PERSONS YOU KNOW AS YOUR MESSAGE MAY SAVE ONE' S LIFE!" 

Could this be true?

Could the HI virus survive outside the human body and, if so, for how long?

Please advise.

Thank you!
Answer 69,518 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear HIV & Fruits
In order for HIV infection to occur, three things must happen:
1. You must be exposed to pre-cum, semen, vaginal secretions, blood or breast milk, AND
2. The virus must get directly into your bloodstream through some fresh cut, open sore, abrasion etc., AND
3. Transmission must occur, directly from one person to the other, very quickly (the virus does not survive more than a few minutes outside the body).
HIV is very sensitive to heat and drying out and it is rapidly destroyed at 55 degrees Celsius and above. It is also readily inactivated at both low and high pH ( like the sourness of the pineapple as well as the acid in the stomach) .
Aids develop years after infection, and most people only test positive for HIV 3-4 months after infection! ( so it is highly unlikely to develop AIDS 15 days after eating the pineapple,..)
See also
I don't know of one documented case of someone getting AIDS from a foodhandler.
dr Bets
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