The immigration services of Algeria discovered that oranges coming from Libya had been injected with positive tested HIV and AIDS blood.
According to the rumor reports that canned fruit from Thailand was found to be contaminated with HIV-positive blood.
There are different reports of HIV-positive blood found in oranges and canned fruit that have persisted for years, but there is no truth to these claims.
Even though these accounts were true, it would be difficult to contract HIV from eating an orange that was injected with infected blood before it was shipped over a long distance. HIV is a living virus, and it needs the human body as its host in order to survive.
The non-profit group Aid for AIDS reports:
“HIV is a very fragile virus outside of the body. The HIV virus needs the human body as its host. The life span of HIV outside of the body has not been determined. However, we know that HIV needs its host cell (a human), the body temperature, and the chemistry of the blood to survive. Out of the body, HIV is out of its environment. As the blood dries, the HIV will die. In areas like a syringe or on a razor in a medicine cabinet, HIV would probably live longer because of less airflow and it’s a more moist temperature controlled area.
“Just remember, outside of the body, HIV can’t survive. In minutes it will die and be harmless, but Universal Precautions should always be used.”
On social media, there were different reports about oranges that were imported from Libya and were injected with blood that tested positive for HIV or AIDS. The posts show photos of halved oranges with red coloration inside similar to blood. A caption reads:
“The immigration services of Algeria recovered a large quantity of these oranges coming from Libya. These oranges were injected with positive tested HIV and AIDS blood.”
As per the publication Yemen Now the oranges had been injected with hepatitis B and HIV-positive blood. In that version, the oranges came from Egypt and were shipped into neighboring countries. A translated photo caption reads:
“Where did the meanness and hostility against Arabs and Muslims by the Zionists and their agents (come from?)”
The truth is that the oranges in the pictures were not injected with HIV, AIDS or hepatitis B-positive blood. The photos show the inside of an unripe blood orange, or the inside of a blood orange hybrid.
There was another rumor that HIV-positive blood was found in canned fruit from Thailand, which is likewise not true. After this, the Thai government answered directly to the claim and said it was not true.
The rumor regarding HIV-injected oranges or bananas from Libya is unfounded. Further, the CDC has already established that HIV is not spread via food and does not live long outside of the human body.
Updated February 14, 2016
Originally published February 2015