‘HIV-Infected Blood In Pepsi Co. Products’ — It’s A Hoax, People

Posted On : 09/11/2017

People have been sharing a particular post stating that authorities have advised against consuming Pepsi products, due to blood contamination. Um, no.

UNITED STATES — While the warning post does look convincing, several sources have verified it’s simply a hoax.

'HIV-Infected Blood In Pepsi Co. Products' — It's A Hoax, People I
This is a screenshot of the post that has been circulating around social media. Have you seen it?

Well, according to WMAZ 13 News, the sources who disputed the rumor were:

  • PepsiCo
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • and the United Kingdom Department of Health.

As it turns out, this is a rumor that PepsiCo has been disputing for quite some years now. Its origin actually traces back to the U.K.


You see, as reports WMAZ 13, WUSA 9 was contacted by multiple people about a certain text message they received. According to the source, it reads as follows.

“8/21/17: 8:19:42 AM: Sammy:

Important message from Metropolitan Police to all citizens of United Kingdom.

‘For the next few weeks do not drink any products from Pepsi, as a worker from the company has added blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). It was shown yesterday on Sky News. Please forward this message to the people who you care.'”


Well, in order to help get to the bottom of the situation, WUSA 9 contacted United Kingdom Department of Health Media & Campaigns Executive Lauren Martens regarding the potential hoax.

Martens confirmed to the source that Metropolitan police never issued such a warning against PepsiCo products.

Likewise, along with a little more digging, the source contacted Donnica Smalls from The Center for Disease and Control Prevention National Center. Smalls oversees HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.

She says HIV can’t be transferred that way anyway. The source reports Smalls’ advice as follows.

“Even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood, the virus would die off when it was exposed to air or the acid in your stomach.”

WUSA 9 didn’t forget about PepsiCo either. The source contacted Aurora Gonzalez, from the company’s media relations team. Gonzalez didn’t even bother addressing the hoax, since they’ve been dealing with it for so long anyway.

She simply sent the news source a link to an article dispelling the rumor as an “old hoax.”

So, this just goes to show you — without due research — you can’t just believe everything you hear or see.

What about you? Had you heard the rumor? We’d love to know your thoughts. If you have any comments, feel free to share them via our Facebook page.

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