A yet-to-be-identified HIV-positive woman has said that she mixes her blood in the zobo drink she sells in order to get other people infected.
The said woman made the confession in a radio programme on Wazobia FM, MarketRunz on Wednesday night, November 9, 2022.
The show anchor had asked listeners to call in and confess what they do in the marketplace that people are unaware of and what they aren’t proud of.
The zobo seller said, “I went to the hospital six months ago and I was told I had HIV.
“I started mixing my blood with the zobo I make to sell and I sell to many people.
“I extract my blood with a syringe and mix it in the zobo. I was a nurse before but when I was confirmed HIV positive, I had to stop.
“I’m not happy with what I have done but I am happy that I will not die alone. I have been doing it for six months now and I pray God will forgive me.”
Zobo (or Zoborodo) is the Hausa language word for the edible plant Hibiscus Sabdariffa and the popular drink it is used to make. The drink is made from the dried red calyces (sepals) of the Roselle plant. Other drinks produced from the plant are known as Roselle or Sorrel drinks.
However, a finding revealed that HIV cannot be transmitted by water or food.
A website quoted World Health Organisation as saying, “HIV can not be transmitted through food or liquid. Indeed, it can’t survive for a minute outside the human body.