The Ministry of Health has dismissed a rumor which indicated that several people have been infected with HIV/AIDS from eating food contaminated by HIV/AIDS infected blood, People.com.cn reports.
The Department of Public Security of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region also said Wednesday through its official microblog "Pingantianshan", or "the Peaceful Snow Mountain", that they have not found any cases of HIV/AIDS patients from Xinjiang or elsewhere dripping their blood into food to infect others.
The rumor had been spread widely via text messages and online.
Sources from the Ministry of Health said that the HIV/AIDS is generally only transmitted in three ways - sexual transmission, blood transfusion (using contaminated hypodermic needles) and exchange between mother and baby during pregnancy. There have been no reported cases anywhere in the world of it being transmitted via food.
As reported, similar rumors which said HIV/AIDS patients poisoned food to spread the virus were proved false in 2008.