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Old March 14th, 2005, 01:56 AM
Julien A
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I received this email from my cousine in Belgium.

Dear Friends,
> > >
> > > Kindly take a couple of minutes to go thru
> > this mail. If useful
> > > may
> > > advise others also . Please pass this on to
> > others This
> > >happened
> > > in
> > > Paris recently and may happen elsewhere
> > also. A few weeks ago,
> > >in
> > > a
> > > movie theatre, 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".
> > > The
> > > Disease Control Center (in Paris) reports
> > many similar events
> > >in
> > > many
> > > other cities recently. All tested needles
> > were HIV Positive.
> > >The
> > > Center also reports that needles have been
> > found in cash
> > > dispensers
> > > at
> > > public banking machines. We ask everyone to
> > use extreme caution
> > > when
> > > faced with this kind of situation. All
> > public chairs/seats
> > >should
> > > be
> > > inspected with vigilance and! caution before
> > use. A careful
> > > visual
> > > inspection should be enough. In addition,
> > they ask that each of
> > > you
> > > pass this message along
> > > to all members of your family and your
> > friends of the potential
> > > danger.
> > >
> > > Recently, one doctor has narrated a somewhat
> > similar instance
> > > that
> > > appened to one of his patients at the Priya
> > Cinema in Delhi. A
> > > young
> > > girl, engaged and about to be married in a
> > couple of months,
> > >was
> > > pricked while the movie was going on. The
> > tag with the needle
> > >had
> > > the
> > > message " Welcome to the World of HIV
> > family". Though the
> > >doctors
> > > told
> > > her family that it takes about 6 months
> > before the virus grows
> > > strong
> > > enough to start damaging the system and a
> > healthy victim could
> > > survive
> > > about 5-6
> > > years, the girl died in 4 months, perhaps
> > more because of the
> > > "Shock
> > > thought". We all have to be careful at
> > public places, rest God
> > > help!
> > > Just think about saving a life by forwarding
> > this message.
> > > Please,
> > > take a few seconds of your time to pass
> > along.
> > >
> > > With Regards,
> > > S. Dinesh Gopinath,
> > > I.A.S, Director of Medical & Research Div,
> > Chennai
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Old March 14th, 2005, 04:11 AM
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I have been reading and hearing versions of this urban legend for at least 20 years. Check out the various urban legend and internet myth sites. Search either needles, pin prick, cinema, theater, or "wonderful world of AIDS."

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Old March 14th, 2005, 06:18 AM
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Old March 14th, 2005, 06:36 AM
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Thanks for the warning Julien, but I too have seen this one for years. It's one of those urban legends (read hoax).

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Old March 14th, 2005, 02:08 PM
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A virus, like HIV, must have a host to survive. It cannot live on the end of a needle. It grows in the host by attaching itself to cells and feeding off of it. The cells have to be living for the virus to survive and ultimately spread.

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