By J. Jala BoholIslandNews.Com| 08:49 PM January 06, 2020
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Central Visayas clarified misinformation about Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) saying it is impossible for a fish to transmit HIV to humans because it does not have the same body temperature the virus needs to survive.
In a statement on Monday it advised the public not to believe this misinformation shared on social media.
Recently, false warnings have circulated anew discouraging people from eating fish, saying these have been contaminated by the hospital waste.
The bureau wanted to emphasize that fishes are not fed with garbage; most of them eat planktons.
BFAR Region 7 assured that fishes are safe to eat, except for blasted or poisoned fishes.
Health authorities earlier underscored that HIV are transmitted through sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, sharing of syringe and needles, and mother-to-child transmission.
The Departmentof Health (DOH) said that HIV is a human-to-human transmitted disease. The virus cannot survive for long outside the human body.
DOH said there are three modes where HIV can be transmitted: sex by having contact with infected semen and vaginal fluid through vaginal, anal or oral sex; blood transfusion by a contaminated blood, using a contaminated needle and in indiscriminate injecting in drug abuse; and infected mother to child.
“BFAR Region 7 is appealing to the public to refrain from spreading false information that may mislead people as it does not only cause scare but also affects the livelihood of fish vendors and fishermen,” it said.