HIV Blood in a Ketchup Dispenser at a Fast Food Restaurant-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The forwarded email warns that someone who is believed to be HIV-positive was found putting blood into a ketchup dispenser at a fast-food restaurant. It warns to only use sealed packets of ketchup.
This eRumor primarily circulated in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control there has not been any report of HIV-infected blood in any ketchup dispensers at any restaurants. Further, according to the CDC, there has never been a case of HIV infection or AIDS reported to them that was the result of eating something that contained the virus. A CDC release reminds everyone that HIV is a blood-borne disease and is passed from one person to another directly such as through certain kinds of sexual contact, needle sharing with an infected person, or blood transfusions.