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TALIBAN fighters are burying dirty needles with their bombs in a bid to infect British troops with HIV, The Sun can reveal.
Hypodermic syringes are hidden below the surface pointing upwards to prick bomb squad experts as they hunt for devices.
The heroin needles are feared to be contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. And if the bomb goes off, the needles become deadly flying shrapnel.
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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Just how long do you think an AIDS virus would last on a needle stuck on a bomb? A few hours at best. Also where are they going to find all these needles and it would be very risky just to handle them (if freshly used).
Sounds like propaganda to me.
Originally posted by belial259
I wonder where all these dirty needles are coming from and whether by "bomb" they mean "opium" and by "Taliban fighters" they mean "other guys in their unit."
[edit on 9-6-2010 by belial259]
Originally posted by Pixus
HIV requires contstant body temperature to remain alive. Outside the human body it dies within seconds/a few minutes.
This story sounds very much like propaganda to get people scared.
It reminds me of that hoax that was going around a while ago, saying people were leaving needles on cinema seats along with a note saying "Haha, you now have AIDS".
In Geneva, last month I ran into, Robert Heimer, an expert on the viability of HIV inside syringes. I asked him how long the virus could remain infectious in a used syringe. Inside the hermetically sealed syringe, HIV can remain viable for up to 36 days, depending on the type of syringe and the amount of virus it contained to begin with. Syringes with detachable needles, your basic insulin needle and the most common type exchanged by needle exchange programs, can contain about 20 microliters of residual blood.
Originally posted by webpirate
reply to post by vimanarider
Hermetically sealed syringes would be easily detected and would not be able to readily expose anyone if this is true.
And an explosion if the syringe was inside a bomb would burn up the virus.