Faking AIDS

Perhaps the worst possible pick-up line has to be 'I've got AIDS!' Especially if you don't actually have AIDS. Yet apparently many young men in Malawi are boasting that they have the disease, even though they're uninfected. They think having AIDS is a sign of sexual prowess. Kind of sad, really. I was especially interested in this story because my sister has been living in Malawi for the past year, helping design an AIDS education program there. I'm planning to visit her there next year, if I can scrape together the money for the outrageously expensive airfare. This year I chose Loch Ness over Malawi (I'll be searching for Nessie in September).


Posted on Thu Jul 22, 2004

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Ooh have fun looking for Nessie!
Posted by Ariel  on  Thu Jul 22, 2004  at  06:31 PM
Don't bother...I've been and she's not home! smile
Posted by Dawn  in  London  on  Sun Jul 25, 2004  at  04:14 AM
Dawn, I presume you're referring to Nessie, not Alex's sister.

I have to agree that "I've got AIDS" must be the very worst pick-up line of all time. Apparently these youths in Malawi don't even know that it's quite possible to contract AIDS without any sexual contact at all. I've known several unfortunate people who acquired HIV through contaminated blood transfusions or unsterile needles, both of which are quite common in Africa. gulp
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Tue Jul 27, 2004  at  05:08 PM
this is sad, a real man should be able to stand up to a woman and say "i dont want to see you anymore" instead of say "I got AIDS!"
Posted by Eva  in  New york  on  Mon Feb 20, 2006  at  07:43 PM
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