Man held after mailing HIV-tainted blood to Obama

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    Feb 28, 2009 12:16 AM GMT

    Story Highlights

    •Affidavit: HIV-positive man "cut one of his fingers ... so he could bleed on the letter"

    •The note, mailed with orange powder, was sent to Obama at an Illinois state building

    •Investigators think another letter, to "Emanuel," was intended for Obama aide

    •Judge ordered mental evaluation of man, citing his history of instability

    "An Ethiopian immigrant with a history of mental health problems is in custody after being accused of mailing a letter with HIV-tainted blood to Barack Obama when he was president-elect, according to court records."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/27/obama.HIV.blood/index.html

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    Feb 28, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    Interesting story
  • Rightguard

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    Feb 28, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    Funny how there is no chance you could get HIV from someone who mailed blood to you, and the report mentions nothing about that. Unless Obama rubbed the letter all over his body and then ate it....even then the chance is slim at best, the virus would be dead.

    It's as if they want us to be afraid of people 'mailing' HIV.
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    Feb 28, 2009 6:51 AM GMT
    colmofdublin saidInteresting story


    To say the least...

    Crikey!
  • junknemesis

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    Feb 28, 2009 7:32 AM GMT
    I could be wrong, but I think HIV dies when over-oxygenated (like humans) so the blood on the letter would have been free of live HIV after about two to five minutes out of the body.

    Still the intention is sick and dastardly. The guy should seek professional help or should be locked away.