British woman with HIV: ‘I didn’t know a white person had ever got it’

A British HIV-infected woman’s startling ignorance about her illness has stunned viewers of a talk-show clip that has since gone viral.

Rachel Dilley, 48, says she contracted HIV at age 40 from a sexual fling and admitted during an appearance on the UK’s ITV This Morning talk show that she “didn’t know anything about HIV” and “thought you got it in Africa.”

”I didn’t know a white person had ever got[sic] it,” said Dilley.

“I knew nothing about HIV or AIDs and everything I read on the Internet terrified me. When I told my children, they were devastated. My daughter was so affected she couldn’t speak and my younger son said: ‘Are you going to die?’ I couldn’t have felt more ashamed because I had no one to blame but myself.”

Click here to read more about Dilley’s remarks.

Do you think a lot of people share her bigoted views about the disease?