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Old 07 February 2015, 12:31 PM
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Ambulance "Welcome to the HIV World" hits Manila

A Manila-specific form of "Welcome to the AIDS Club" (a cross between "AIDS Mary" and "Pin Prick Attacks") emerged a day or two ago and is now circulating on Philippines Twitter and Facebook. This is, of course, reminiscent of a reported syringe-attack in Seattle last September.
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Old 20 March 2015, 10:43 PM
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I remember hearing this story as early as the 80's so it's been around for awhile. It does have some basis in fact, though I think the legend sprung up before any of the actual cases so it may have been a case where they were inspired by the legend.

In 2006, a woman in England was arrested for intentionally having unprotected sex with men in an act of revenge after she became infected with the disease. Some people have even been intentionally injected with the virus, but not by random strangers like the victims in the legends. AIDS activist Brryan Jackson was infected as an 11 month-old baby by his father, who did not want to have to pay child support. By the time he was five, his infection was discovered and his father was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. Fortunately, the nineteen year-old activist is still doing fine despite his condition. Another person intentionally infected was Janice Trahan, who was given the virus, along with Hepatitis C, by her ex-lover Doctor Richard J. Schmidt who collected a samples from some of his patients and gave it to Trahan by claiming it was a vitamin B injection. Dr. Schmidt was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 50 years. It is unknown how Trahan is doing because the case was so long ago and there are no follow up new stories on her since 2000. This case was the first of its kind to hit the court system and it eventually inspired a similar Law & Order episode. Here's a link to it and the "They knocked me out and stole a kidney" legend that also has some basis in fact.
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