Model in dubious plug for AIDS drug

  • Letters
  • Sunday, 09 Feb 2003

THE controversial V1 Immunitor was back in the limelight again on Thursday when curvaceous Japanese-Thai model Yoko Takano held a press conference at a posh Bangkok hotel to refute a nasty rumour that she had been infected with the deadly AIDS virus. 

In the glare of camera flashes, Takano had her blood drawn and then screened for HIV/AIDS by a doctor to prove once and for all that she was indeed free of the virus.  

Earlier, the Bangkok rumour mill had been busily transmitting another story about a celebrity who tested positive for AIDS. This is supposed to be the most damaging thing imaginable for anyone. 

With salacious details, rumourmongers exchanged multiple versions the story of Yoko supposedly being rejected by some particularly vengeful lover who started the rumour purportedly to destroy her reputation and career. 

Members of the media, most of them journalists on the entertainment beat, were all ears, wanting to find out what the star had to say. They were wondering who was dumping whom, why and for whom? 

Takano started her press conference innocuously enough, saying that there must be some terrible misunderstanding regarding her health. She said the rumours must stem from the fact that she had recently been seen several times at the V1 Immunitor clinic in Bang Pakong district. 

Then came the punch line. Takano said although she did not have AIDS, she had been taking the V1 Immunitor as a food supplement to help her recuperate from a recent operation to remove a cyst from her breast. She also revealed she had been persuaded to become an agent for the V1 Immunitor.  

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