Hoaxes & Rumors

Has a New STD Emerged From Portland?

This image was included with the Portland STD article. It is actually an image of the HIV virus.
Has a New STD Emerged From Portland?

A claim circulating online states that a new STD has emerged from Portland, Oregon.

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The claim is false.

The website which posted this article is the satirical National Report. Readers who have shared the article without reading its content apparently missed the sarcastic nature of the text:

Surrounded by conservatives and farmland, Portland Oregon acts as the states own personal Australia. A prison settlement where only the most erotically venereal, politically misinformed and emotionally damaged of individuals congregate. Existing in its own stagnate microcosm of empty, alcohol-induced human sexuality, the residents have bred an entirely new form of STD.

A “follow-up” article was published two days later.

New information has been unearthed regarding the aggressive STI which abducted the city’s private-parts like a Shang-hi Surprise last week… National media coverage on the crisis has been decidedly scarce. This could be primarily due to the rest of the United States regarding Portland Oregon as a joke of sorts.

National Report

National Report has a disclaimer which clearly states that the website produces satirical content. The disclaimer – which has been removed on at least one occasion – reads:

*DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.

Bottom Line

The report about a new STD emerging from Portland, Oregon originated from a satirical website.

Sources

  • Portland Oregon Host To Deadly New Strain Of Sexually Transmitted Disease (Jane M. Agni, National Report: September 28, 2013)
  • Portland Oregon Super-STD Crisis Follow Up – Important New Information Regarding The Virus (Jane M. Agni, National Report: September 30, 2013)
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