The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (Adfca) has had to issue a statement to reassure the people of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, that the reports of watermelons being injected by HIV are false.

The same rumours circulated in 2007, and are said to be spread by businesses seeking to discredit their opponents. And even if watermelons were truly being injected, Adfca’s scientists have published their results proving HIV cannot survive in watermelons.

Rumours and lack of knowledge concerning STIs can be far more harmful than those concerning watermelons. Sexual health awareness is not only essential in prevention and treatment, but can also reduce the stigma attached to STIs when people don’t have an understanding of the subject.

If you need any advice on different STIs and how to prevent, get tested and be treated for them, visit Better2Know’s STD Testing website.

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