There's a straight up nasty HOAX story making the rounds on the internet stating "McDonalds Sandwich Gave Woman Herpes." This is not the first time this NOT TRUE story has been posted, just a few tweaks with the state and names of subjects. It's hard to believe that anyone would believe this nonsense but if it shows up on Lead Stories' radar it's trending.
This version of the NOT TRUE story starts:
A Michigan woman was in disgust last week when she ate at a local McDonald's. Lisa McDowell, 31, was having lunch with her friends when she decided to order a McChicken sandwich. She was halfway through with her sandwich when she noticed an extra clump of mayonnaise on the side of the bun. She licked it off, tasted it and immediately realized things were not right.
I'm not gonna lie," McDowell said. "On Birthdays and holidays I give my man a little something extra in the bedroom, you know? So when I licked the mayo off of the bun, the texture was familiar."* McDowell immediately called over the manager who denied the allegations, so she contacted the local health department. They sent the "mayo" remains off for testing and the results were positive for 2 different types of semen. To make matters worse, in the following days, *McDowell woke with a giant red rash on the corner of her mouth. The rash spread and *developed into severe blisters. The doctor was able to verify that she had contracted the herpes virus, which she claims was a result of her tainted McChicken.
These type of HOAX stories are designed to shock and awe the reader into sharing the "hijinks." The image of the person suffering a "herpes simple" breakout on their face comes from a spanish site with the header "EL BOTIQUIN DE JUAN."