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AIDS scare on e-mail, experts discounts claim

"Be careful next time you go to a cinema. You may end up being an AIDS patient."

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 21:35 IST

"Be careful next time you go to a cinema. You may end up being an AIDS patient."

Did you also get this e-mail?

According to the emails going around "cautioning" people, random victims are being unknowingly injected with the AIDS virus in crowded theatres and night clubs in Paris, London, Mumbai and even in Delhi.

One such mail doing rounds says "a few weeks ago, in a movie theatre in Paris, a person felt something poking from her seat. When she got up to see what it was, she found a needle sticking out of the seat with a note-attached saying "You have just been infected by HIV."

"We ask everyone to use extreme caution when faced with this kind of situation. All public chairs/seats should be inspeced with vigilance and caution before use. A careful visual inspection should be enough. Pass this message along to all me bers of your family and your friends of the potential danger," the email message exhorted the reader.

However, experts are not buying this theory as they say it takes more than a mere prick to cause AIDS.

"It is possible to get HIV from infected needles. But all these are simple rumours. No such case has been reported to any of the NGOs working in this area," says Sanjay Grover, Secretary, Action India, an NGO.

"Moreover, a mere prick even with the infected needle will not give you HIV. The virus will simply die in few minutes.

To Spread HIV, the needle will have to be injected intramuscular or intra-venous," says Irfan Khan, Project Manager, Naz Foundation.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 21:35 IST