Can AIDS spread through handshake? Yes, says this Punjab campaign
The pamphlet issued states shaking hands with an infected person as one of the reasons catching the disease.
In times of fake news, Punjab State Aids Control Society (PSACS) has taken misinformation to another level.
A pamphlet published by PSACS, with an intention of providing awareness on AIDS, seems to have backfired.
The pamphlet states shaking hands with an infected person as one of the reasons catching the disease.
Not just this, the pamphlet also has brought out several other orthodox misconceptions about the transmittable disease.
The outdated notions about the disease will make researchers, scientists, doctors and AIDS activists across the globe hang their heads in shame.
Below is a glimpse of the points shared in the pamphlet:
1. It can be transmitted by shaking hands with an infected person.
2. Using utensils used by an AIDS infected person too can cause the disease.
3. Devices like mobile phones, computers used by an infected person too can spread the disease.
4. Using toilets used by an infected person can infect you with AIDS.
These are the same myths that have been debunked by scholars in the past few decades.
An organisation which is meant to promote awareness about the disease and instill sensitivity among people towards those suffering from the condition, the PSACS has only been nurturing hostility towards its patients.