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Cadbury products are not infected with HIV (AIDS)


There are few fake posts which keep resurfacing on social media time and again with different narratives even after being debunked by multiple fact-checkers. The following is one such post claiming his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS) is added to Cadbury products.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Cadbury products are infected with blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). Do not eat their products for the next few weeks.

Fact: Similar hoaxes were doing rounds in social media for the past few years and the person in the picture was arrested for his involvement in Nyanya Motor Park explosion. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

A simple Google search on ‘Cadbury Products HIV’ will give a result to already fact checked articles on this by Snopes and Politifact.  To understand the origin of the picture, just crop the picture and perform a reverse image search. The results show that a similar hoax was doing rounds with a different context and was debunked by Snopes in 2011. To filter out recent results, just add a time filter to show only results till 2014 and you notice few results that indicate the person arrested in the picture is Aminu Ogwuche, for his alleged involvement in Nyanya Motor Park explosion.

Finally, the claim that Cadbury products are infected with blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS) is False. It is also important in this context to understand that as per Centers for Disease Control, “You can’t get HIV from consuming food handled by someone with HIV. 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. Though it is very rare, HIV can be spread by eating food that has been pre-chewed by someone with HIV. The contamination occurs when infected blood from a caregiver’s mouth mixes with food while chewing. The only known cases are among infants.”


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A great believer in democracy, Bharath is convinced that the citizens of this country have a huge role to play in making it successful and effective. But he observes that with misinformation taking centre stage in the socio-political discourse, the very foundation of democracy is at threat. The shared belief that every citizen has the right to factual information without bias is what made Bharath associate with Factly since its inception. He heads Operations and Fact-checking projects at Factly.

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