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AIDS ‘Denialists’ Slated

Slate magazine has a new article on AIDS dissidents, here are some points of contention.

Tommy Morrison, once the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, died of AIDS last month.

Wrong, Morrison died of Guillain-Barré Syndrome which is not an AIDS-defining illness.

Indeed, the world of HIV deniers (also called AIDS deniers or HIV/AIDS deniers) has been around almost as long as the disease itself.

HIV deniers are not necessarily AIDS deniers. Mainstream Rethinking contends only that HIV does not cause AIDS.

He [Peter Duesberg] is a German immigrant and “brilliant scientist” who has been on the faculty at the University of California–Berkeley since 1964.

To point out that he is an immigrant from Germany could be a subliminal way of drawing comparisons with Nazis; a familiar smear tactic.

The simplest to refute is his claim that HIV had not been transmitted to health care workers who had sustained an accidental needle stick: Transmission from a needle stick had been well-documented by the time he wrote this. I cared for many people, now dead, who became infected in this manner.

The people the author cared for most likely developed AIDS from ART after being diagnosed coincidentally.

Duesberg’s entire odd career detour would be nothing but the mildly annoying ramblings of the village contrarian were it not for the fact that it has supplied the scientific-sounding foothold for the lethal denialism of former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki, acting in 2000 on his belief that HIV was not a cause of AIDS, refused antiretroviral medication donated to his country, which then as now had a startlingly high rate of HIV infection. (Almost all were infected by heterosexual transmission,

This year’s global UN report on AIDS – see earlier IRF news – showed a 42% reduction in HIV in sub-Saharan Africa despite declining condom use. And during Mbeki’s tenure the population doubled.

[Source: Slate]

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