The AIDS Crisis:
The Other Side
(Reprint from Townsend Letter for Doctors, January 1995 issue)
In April 1984, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler announced to the world at a press conference
that an American scientist, Dr. Robert Gallo, had discovered the "probable cause" of Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS):
the retrovirus subsequently named Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Since this announcement, the AIDS epidemic and our understanding of it has been fought on a politicized landscape.
Margaret Hockler, a politician, made this announcement before one single American study on HIV had been published. In
addition, no discussion, review or debate of its merits occurred in any medical or scientific journals. This process of science
by press release violated conventional scientific procedures and customs.
The political decision to credit Gallo with the discovery of HIV failed since subsequent investigations have established that
HIV was discovered in 1983 by Dr. Lue Montagnier of France, who sent a sample of his discovery to Gallo! The retrovirus
Gallo claimed to have discovered was the same retrovirus he had received from Montagnier.1
Immediately following Heckler's announcement, Gallo published four articles in Science (May 1984) that showed correlations
between HIV and AIDS. These articles, which are the basis for the current hypothesis that HIV is the sole and direct cause
of AIDS, were proved fraudulent on many counts critical to their scientific validity by recent investigations conducted by
the National Institute of Health and the National Academy of Sciences.2
Since the April 1984 news conference, there has not been a single scientific research publication that purports to prove that
HIV causes AIDS. In addition, there's been a lack of discussion and debate both outside and within the scientific community
specifically addressing the contradictions and inconsistencies which the current HIV AIDS hypothesis and the
epidemiological research on which it is based. To compound this, the current HIV-AIDS hypothesis has been entirely
unproductive in terms of public health benefits, including AIDS prevention, treatment, and even in predicting the course of
the disease within each individual or the course of the epidemic within the general population.
The following document is an overview of the viral and epidemiological contradictions and inconsistencies of the current
HIV-AIDS hypothesis which have not been specifically addressed by the AIDS establishment.
This document hopes to show that the American government and scientific community need to seriously reassess the current
HIV-AIDS hypothesis and their AIDS research priorities. We hope this reassessment will lead to a more productive AIDS
hypothesis and investigations of the factors and/or causes of AIDS with or without HIV as a factor.
The current HIV-AIDS hypothesis states that the retrovirus, HIV, infects and kills CD4+T-Cells. Depletion of these T-Cells
in the body is one of the hallmark conditions in People With AIDS (PWA's) and results in a weakened immune system,
leaving the body susceptible to one or more of the 25 previously known diseases grouped together in a syndrome called
In the last 8 + years of intensive HIV research it has been proven that only 1 in 10,000 T-cells are actively infected with
HIV,3 even using the newly advanced technique of detection called PCR. This degree of T-cell loss is equivalent to losing
a drop of blood a day. Anyone could afford to lose this quantity without developing any symptoms. The ongoing question
in the scientific community is: What is killing the billions of T-cells and depleting other cells in the immune system such as
Natural Killer (NK) cells, seen in PWA's if HIV is not solely responsible?
Even though we don't know the exact mechanisms by which viruses cause disease, the current HIV-AIDS hypothesis claims
that HIV lies dormant in these T-cells for up to 15 years. Then, by way of some unknown mechanism, HIV is activated to
destroy additional T-cells. This latency period is unexplainable by the scientific community since no known virus or
retrovirus takes 10-15 years or more to cause disease,4 and contradicts other long established principles of virology.13
In spite of its political notoriety, HIV is scientifically a run of the mill retrovirus. It is genetically so similar to other non-
pathogenic retroviruses that no one within the scientific community can explain or show that HIV exhibits any characteristics
that would distinguish it from any of the other retroviruses.4 There are approximately 100 retroviruses in the human germ
line. After over 20 years of intensive research on retroviruses, (Nixon's War on Cancer), none has ever proven to cause
disease.4 To date, there has been no scientific evidence that explains why this retrovirus should be an exception.
HIV Virus vs. Antibodies to HIV
The primary function of any virus or retrovirus is to replicate itself in the cells of a host organism, such as a human body.
Some viruses, like those responsible for Polio and Hepatitis, kill cells in the process and thus cause disease. If the Polio virus
kills sufficient neurons, the human hose (body) becomes paralyzed. A vaccine like the Salk or Sabin polio vaccines stimulates
the body to produce antibodies, which neutralize the virus and thus prevent disease.
The presence of antibodies, especially
if live virus is absent or is present in low quantities, indicates that the body's immune system has succeeded in controlling
the virus, thus preventing disease.
Shortly after HIV infects the body the virus multiplies rapidly, sometimes causing flu-like symptoms.(4) Thereafter the immune
system goes to work producing antibodies which virtually eliminate the virus. Only very low levels of the live HIV remain -
so low they can only be detected with great difficulty by advanced PCR techniques - but antibodies persist and are readily
detectable. Presence of antibodies to HIV (HIV+) in the blood has become a prerequisite for AIDS. But longstanding
principles of virology13 hold that when antibodies are present, from any virus or retrovirus, this indicated that the immune
system has rendered the virus harmless and the body is protected from further symptoms or disease. This is the principle
of anti-viral vaccination. A positive antibody test to HIV is the current clinical indicator for AIDS. There is no scientific
precedent for an anti-viral antibody forecasting a viral disease.
Because no one knows of a mechanism by which HIV could perform all the destructive activities associated with full-blown
AIDS, the HIV-AIDS hypothesis has always depended solely upon epidemiological evidence.
Epidemiology is a branch of medicine studying the course a disease takes in a population. In short, epidemiology is a "soft
science" based on survey research. The main reason for believing that HIV causes AIDS is statistical correlation: Most
persons suffering from AIDS also test positive for antibodies to HIV. This correlation is much less impressive than at first
appears. Indeed, to a large extent it is a product of the HIV hypothesis itself. AIDS is defined as prior HIV infection plus
symptoms like T-cell depletion and diseases like Kaposi's sarcoma, pneumonia, candidiasis and so on. In many cases, HIV
is presumed where the indicator diseases have been diagnosed, even though the HIV test has not been performed. The
statistical correlation of HIV and AIDS is thus built into the definition of AIDS. If the epidemiological evidence is evaluated
without a pre-existing bias in favor of the HIV hypothesis, however, many facts emerge which cast doubt on HIV as the sole
and direct cause of AIDS. As for example...
- Predictions of the spread of AIDS based on the HIV hypothesis are continually being readjusted,9 AIDS has not
significantly spread beyond the original risk groups and there are fewer cases of full-blown AIDS than anticipated.
For this reason the "latency period" has continuously been extended. It is now up to 10-15 years and still growing.
This "latency period" is a statistical product designed to reconcile the relatively low incidence of AIDS with the
relatively high level of HIV infection.6
- The number of HIV carriers has remained relatively constant at about 1 million since 1985 when the antibody test
- There is not enough HIV in the bodies of PWA's to account for the billions of T-cells being killed.7
- HIV can hardly be isolated from patients with AIDS, suggesting that the body's natural vaccination process has
- Kaposi's sarcoma has been found in many young male homosexuals who have never been infected by HIV. Even
adherents of the HIV hypothesis not concede that KS is not caused by HIV. Nonetheless, this disease is diagnosed
as "AIDS" - but only when the sufferer also has antibodies to HIV.8
- Other AIDS indicator diseases with T-cell depletion are found in individuals who do not have antibodies to HIV.
In fact, all AIDS diseases have occurred in all risk groups in the absence of HIV or its antibodies since the beginning
of the epidemic. HIV infection is thus not a necessary prerequisite for a diagnosis of AIDS - were it not for the
- Tests show that the number of HIV infected T-cells remains the same no matter if you are asymptomatic or have full
blown AIDS. Any other viral infection would show a dramatic increase throughout the course of the disease.7
- Although sexually transmitted diseases infect males and females equally, more than 90% of American AIDS sufferers
are male. This is true even of health care workers who develop AIDS, although two-thirds of all U.S. health care
workers are female.6
- The risk of getting AIDS for HIV infected people varies ten-fold with gender or country. In America, the annual
AIDS risk of an HIV infected person is currently 4%, in Africa it is 0.3%.6,7
- HIV is spread primarily through homosexuals in the U.S. and primarily through heterosexuals in Africa.7 This would
suggest that AIDS is possibly a non-infectious disease.
- So-called "African AIDS" affects males and females equally, and also involves a different pattern of associated
opportunistic infections. These differing patterns do not rescue the HIV hypothesis for American AIDS, but indicate
that a single virus may not be responsible for the multitude of conditions diagnosed as AIDS in Africa and America.7
- About three-fourths of the 20,000 U.S. hemophiliacs were infected with HIV almost 10 years ago. According to
the HIV hypothesis, at least half of those infected should have died by not - but the mortality rate among
hemophiliacs has remained consistent at 2% over the last 15 years.10
- HIV is said to be a sexually transmitted virus, yet it is barely detectable in the semen of AIDS patients.11
14) The same diseases are found in similar frequencies in HIV positive and HIV negative intravenous drug users, and
the overall mortality in the two groups is the same.12
Current State of Affairs
Currently 1 billion dollars is spent on AIDS research each year by the U.S. government alone. This money is devoted almost
solely to projects based on an unproven and so far, entirely unproductive hypothesis with mounting inconsistencies and
contradictions. Specifically, most of the research dollars are spent on vaccines and anti-virals which may be of little value
considering; A) Antibodies to HIV have already vaccinated the blood of PWA's, and B) Such minuscule amounts of HIV
are found in the blood of PWA's that anti-virals would have little efficacy.
In consideration of the evidence presented, The HIV Connection? calls on our AIDS establishment to immediately reassess
the current HIV-AIDS hypothesis and to encourage research into other possible causes of AIDS. The group hopes this
reassessment will lead to a more productive AIDS hypothesis in terms of public health benefits including AIDS prevention,
treatment and prediction of the course of the epidemic within the population at large, and the course of illness within each
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