Indonesia sorry over HIV sneezing link posters

Indonesian trangenders hold a peace protest to mark the World AIDS Day in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on December 1, 2013Indonesia's health ministry has apologised after a printing error led to posters being put up claiming that HIV can be transmitted through mosquito bites, swimming and sneezing, an official said Wednesday. Social media was flooded with angry comments after the ministry's attempt to launch a campaign to debunk myths about HIV backfired badly in a country where people with the virus are much stigmatised. The controversy came as the virus was hitting the headlines globally after US actor Charlie Sheen revealed he was HIV-positive — and had paid millions of dollars in hush money to people who knew about his infection to keep them quiet.

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