Fake News: 3 Men Did NOT Contract Aids From Running A Train On A Sex Doll

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk

There is no truth to the story that a Memphis man named "John" contracted AIDS from having unprotected sex with a sex doll during his bachelor party along with several of his friends while using drugs and alcohol. He also didn't infect his wife the next day after the marriage went through.

The origin of the story is the highly controversial site WitTheShit who published the original article (archived here) under the title "3 men contracted Aids from running a train on a sex doll". The article opened:

This story comes from a Memphis man, it was told that he was about to get married and he told his fiancée he was going to have a bachelor party. She didnt like the idea because she didnt want him with any strippers. So thinking outside of the box, 3 of his friends ordered a sex doll online for the bachelor party.

The fact that the story appeared in a category named "Extreme Horror Humor" should be a dead giveaway about the veracity of the article.


WitTheShit is a site that bills itself as satire in a disclaimer at the bottom of the page:


WitTheShit is a group who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. 7.2 million strong We are Declaring a satire WAR on EVERYONE!

Their greatest 'hit' so far was a story about a rapper who was arrested for murder after revealing he did it in a rap song. They also invented other stories about sexual harrasment and drugs in the past, so anything they publish should be taken with a big grain of salt.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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