New HPV Virus Spread by Kissing, Kills Faster than AIDS-Fiction! 

Summary of eRumor:

Reports have emerged claiming that a new form of HPV that spread by kissing, and it kills faster than AIDS.

The Truth:

There’s no medical or scientific proof to back up claims that a new form of Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) can be spread by kissing and kills people faster than AIDS.

Claims about a new form of HPV that can be spread through kissing first appeared at Nation Newspaper, an infotainment website based in Nairobi that appears to publish reader-submitted articles. The story, which appeared under the headline “Warning!!! Don’t Go About Kissing Everyone; New HPV Virus That Kills Faster Than HIV/AIDS Erupts” begins:

Students from Kisii  University, Kenya and the general public at large have been warned against kissing carelessly due to an outbreak of Human papilloma virus, which has seen several people admitted at Kisii level 5 hospital  after testing positive to the disease.

HPV is an infectious viral disease which cause mouth cancer and is transmitted through infected body fluids and that’s why people have been warned against kissing any how they want.

The symptoms include sore throat, severe headache, High fever, Vomit and abdominal pains.

A photo appearing with the story supposedly shows one of the people from Kisii University who fell victim to the new HPV kissing bug — but the photo was actually taken from a Public Wellness Group blog about infectious mononucleosis, also known as “kissing disease”:

Kissing disease otherwise known as infectious mononucleosis is common among people between the ages of 15 and 24 years. The term refers to the fact that people afflicted with this condition have an increase number of mononuclear leukocytes in their blood. It is caused by the Epstein-Bar (EB) Virus named after its founders, M.A. Epstein and Y.M. Barr.

HPV kissing warning
This photo shows infectious mononucleosis, not a new form of HPV transmittable by kissing.

In reality, HPV is a sexually-transmitted infection that is “so common that nearly all sexually active men or women get at some point in their life,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports:

You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.

Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected.

So, reports about a new form of HPV that can be spread through kissing and kills faster than AIDS are false. However, HPV is a dangerous STI that can lead to ovarian cancer in women if left untreated.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 03/16/2017

Warning!!! Don’t Go About Kissing Everyone; New HPV Virus That Kills Faster Than HIV/AIDS Erupts.

Students from Kisii  University, Kenya and the general public at large have been warned against kissing carelessly due to an outbreak of Human papilloma virus, which has seen several people admitted at Kisii level 5 hospital  after testing positive to the disease.

HPV is an infectious viral disease which cause mouth cancer and is transmitted through infected body fluids and that’s why people have been warned against kissing any how they want.

The symptoms include sore throat, severe headache, High fever, Vomit and abdominal pains.

“We were told that public health officers from this area are working round the clock to know the root cause of this. But we are being advised even on WhatsApp groups to avoid kissing and exchanging body fluids,” A third year public health student from Kisii University lamented.

The HPV is gradually circulating Kenya and gradually making its way into the Southern parts of Africa and will soon hit Africa at large.

Africans are believed to travel a lot to all parts of the world. So if proper awareness is not created, this is likely to hit the whole world in no distance time.

You are hereby advised to warn and inform family members, friends, well wishers and colleagues about this deadly disease that kills faster than HIV/AIDS.

”Please make sure this warning gets to your loved ones,” the third year student concluded.