Korba (Hubli), a village in Karnataka, has become a centre of controversy where a HIV-affected woman jumped to death in the village’s lake due to which people have stopped using the water of the lake. The water of this Korba lake is supplied to the entire block of the area.
Rumours are being spread that consuming the lake’s water may cause HIV. Now, efforts are being made by the local authorities to empty the entire water of the ake. Government authorities are speaking to residents of Korba that they should not trust rumors but all in vain.
Dr KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, Delhi, has said that HIV cannot survive in water.
Dr Aggarwal, added, “Even if an infected person had a cut, the blood in the pool of water wouldn’t last long, and therefore would not cause you to become infected with the virus. The virus is unable to survive in pool water and is therefore there have been no reported cases of HIV transmission from pools or hot tubs or rivers”
Dr Aggarwal said that chlorine instantly kills any virus (HIV, Ebola, Rhino…) that it contacts, in addition to the fact that these viruses cannot survive outside of the human body.