Thursday, November 27, 2008

Its good to be well informed about HIV


This mail has been written by Mayank who works in Ranbaxy. So go
through it and know about the actual causes of HIV(AIDS).

The purpose of sending this mail to U is to be aware of the nonsense
stuff from the net, don't panic if you find a Needle in the Theatre or
some threatening note of infection.

Dear Friends!!!

Its good to be well informed about HIV. There was a story on junk some
days back where it is said that a boy got infected by HIV virus by
eating pani-puri. And there have also been rumors where people are
ffected by the HIV virus when they got pricked by an HIV infected
needle in theaters which is rubbish.

So read along!


I have seen this below mentioned mail floating across group email & I
feel its my moral responsibility to correct all misconceptions
regarding HIV /AIDS.

I can do this because I am educated enough to comment on this and for
those who don't know my profession ...I am serving as Brand Manager
(Product Manager) handling anti HIV/AIDS portfolio (called as
Antiretroviral Drugs) in Ranbaxy.

Please read following points carefully & don't send emails related to
Medical ailments without having complete knowledge about it (even
partial knowledge could be grossly dangerous).

* HIV (virus) requires *ONLY* *Blood or Semen* as medium to transmit
from one body to another.

* HIV *can not* transmit even through *Saliva*(mucous) i.e. even if
HIV-infected patient coughs or smooches and another person is exposed
to his sputum (cough) or saliva, the virus still can not transmit
because concentration of virus particles in sputum is almost NIL &
exposure to air anyway kills virus in fraction of seconds.

* In case an HIV-infected person gets an injury (like the cut in below
mentioned story) and he is bleeding, the virus can transmit to another
person only if another person has a cut/wound in his body & that too
when blood from both person comes in contact with each other* (this is
also very very rare unless bleeding is very high) and not otherwise.

* HIV can *never survive in any other liquid* medium also other than
blood or semen (& please for God sake ... never in Pani Puri wala


* Even if one drinks an HIV infected blood (or semen) of someone
(ingest through Gastro Intestinal track), the virus can not survive in
the acidic pH of stomach*. Highest extent of acidity is 0 (practically

possible) so imagine 1 as pH which is in our stomach. (This pH can
burn your own finger in less than a second if you dip in that acid).

* Exposure of less than 1 second in AIR KILLS the HIV virus*(hence
story of needle pricks in Cinema theatres is a crap). Even if blood
from a wound (of infected person) dries up (*blood clot*), *the virus
dies*and can not infect anyone else

* HIV transmission is *ONLY* an *INFECTION* i.e.entrance of virus in
one's body. It *DOES NOT MEAN AIDS*.


* An HIV-infected person (after entrance of virus) can progress to a
condition of AIDS only after *8 to 10 YEARS *(not in 15 days as in the
Pani Puri story)

* It is *not HIV (virus) that kills a human* .....the virus attacks
immune cells (cells that fight against foreign pathogens/antigens) and
hence a person's ability to fight against infections & diseases slowly
diminishes and person ultimately dies of a disease which could be as
simple as TB

* Most importantly, HIV is no longer a dreadful disease ... it is
"*CHRONIC MANAGEABLE DISEASE*" just like Diabetes or Hypertension.

* If there is anything you need to be careful from to prevent HIV is
Unsafe Physical Contact*, *Blood transfusion* (check before taking) /Blood donation
(use sterilized needles only) and any *blood contact during an
accident *or so where amount of bleeding is very high.

PLZ O PLZ spread this message to avoid rumors and to educate people.

I was sent this mail by a dear friend.So plz spread it everyone n show u care.

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