CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — Meadowbrook High School has been the subject of scrutiny in the past 24 hours. A screenshot that depicts a news story has gone viral around Chesterfield on social media.
The headline of the screenshot reads: “67 local students diagnosed with HIV, other STIs.”
Students and parents went to social media asking about the phenomenon:
😷😷 It sickens me to hear this news that HIV has spread this 70 kids at Meadowbrook. Its high school!!—
Kevon (@Follow_mylead07) January 30, 2014
Just got word that 67 people at Meadowbrook high school has HIV Aids—
Rashad (@Loyalty_1017) January 30, 2014
Despite the online uproar, the post appears to be false.
“I am not aware of such a situation. Overall, this sounds like a fairly implausible scenario,” Dr. Parham Jaberi, M.D., M.P.H., the director of the Chesterfield Health District, said in a statement. “We often hear of outbreaks of flu, norovirus, pertussis or other illnesses that can be transmitted from one ill individual to multiple others in a short amount of time through droplet transmission or infectious particles via the stool. HIV transmission as you know does not occur in the same way. Thus an outbreak of HIV, particularly in a school setting, would be quite unusual.”
It can also be noted that due to snow, students at Meadowbrook High School were only in school Monday this week.
Tim Bullis, director of community relations at Chesterfield County Public Schools, said there have not been any blood drives at Meadowbrook High School within the last two weeks. The source of this screenshot is still unknown.