Militants use HIV to fight UK troops in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by ulsterman82, Jun 10, 2010.

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  1. Looks like we are gonna have to start packing Anti virals next to our morphine!

  2. Another piece of outstanding journalism from the Times of India - a newspaper with even less credibility than the Times of London!
  3. It's ok they're wearing a condom.
  4. Why, are they planning to sleep with our lads?

    Chicks with beards? I've got something in my mind rather akin to the stoning scene out of "The Life of Brian".
  5. Just to point out on a serious note Blood borne viruses are relativley hard to contract and will only last a few minutes outside the body.
    Whilst the story may or may not be true, it's a scare tactic if it is being done, I'd be more worried if IED were smeared in excrement (which is more beliveble).
  6. As noted by someone else, HIV won't survive long in the Afghan climate outside the human body.

    I have wondered though, if someone with HIV blows up or is blown up, whether the red mist will be infective to breath in/get in the eyes/lips, or if shrapnel blasts through him and then hits you.

    Like what if the July 7 bombers had HIV? Would they have infected other people in addition to those that died to blast/shrapnel?
  7. Presumably the heat of the blast would kill any bacteria/viruses/beasties before they could present an infection hazard, but then again it might be too brief to do so, being of X milliseconds duration.
  8. My view is this is just a rather stupid scare story. It would a huge logistical problem to transport hiv to their bomb factories and then construct the bombs using hiv infected parts. Plus, hiv doesn't last very long outside of the body. To be honest, as far as IED's go, this is the very least of our problems.
  9. Wouldnt hypodermic needles (not the most sturdy of metals) vapourise (as would any protein contaminants such as blood) in an explosion.

    Im sure Im not giving the Taliban any top tips here but one of the flaws in the IRAs early nail bombs was that the nails vapourised and thanks to media reporting they reduced the amount of explosive used.

    Hypo needles are very flimsey bits of kit, in fact there are desktop needle disposal units available that vapourise the needle in 1 second as a rechargeable battery passes a high current through the needle.

    So no worries on the needles being used as fragmentation, if youre close enough to the IED to be hit by flying hypos before they vapourise then the needles are the least of your concerns.

    As for blood products, it is the blood from casualties that are the concern, hence everyone deploying having hep B injections.

    Also we arent allowed to call it shrapnel any more, its fragmentation.
  10. do you get a slap on the wrist if you call is shrapnel?
  11. do you get a slap on the wrist if you call is shrapnel?
  12. Nadia Nyce ( wouldn't touch her with a barge pole, other parts a definite.
  13. If you write it on any med docs, it gets red lined and 'fragmentation' written above it.
  14. Why aren't we allowed to call it shrapnel? Has General Henry's patent run out??


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  15. Better tell Hep that then...

    The hepatitis A virus, or HAV, is relatively hardy. In good conditions, it can survive outside the body for months. HAV can survive certain acids and some heat. For a period of time and under certain conditions, HAV can survive in sea water, dried feces and live oysters.

    The hepatitis B virus, or HBV, can still be infectious for up to a week outside the body.

    The hepatitis C virus, or HCV, can live outside the body for up to 4 days. However, many experts think it usually survives up to 16 hours at room temperature.