Inventing AIDS
 

AIDS myth - billion dollar business

"If there is evidence that HIV causes AIDS, there should be scientific documents which either singly or collectively demonstrate that fact, at least with a high probability. There is no such document."

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Tens of millions dead missing!

Nite Owl, B Trink BKP 000612

Often in personal e-mail, periodically in the Bangkok Post Postbag, sundry readers take me to task for my stance on the dreaded disease. Their jibes take the form of derisively asking why when everybody knows that it is killing tens of millions, I continue to maintain that it is not an epidemic, much less a pandemic. Is it because I don't see the bodies I step over, or because when all the demimondaines are afflicted and die, I won't have anything to write about?

What these right-minded (their description of themselves, not mine) men and women overlook is that there's an ongoing controversy re the HIV-Aids connection. There are Nobel laureates, scientists, doctors, researchers on both sides. Terms like charlatans, quacks, opportunists, are frequently hurled at those you disagree with and are uncalled for. To be branded "criminally irresponsible" is especially unfair and unjust.

Both sides send me written material supporting their views that HIV is the Aids virus (the majority), that it isn't (the minority). Though a layman I've read books, papers, lectures, studies, newspaper and magazine articles, letters from medics voicing contrary views. A good deal of it is comprehensible, yet neither is above pulling a fast one, like pretending that the conclusion follows from the premises when it doesn't.

When weighing both sides, why did I opt to side with the minority? I am not a perverse person. I don't take up an unpopular cause to make a name for myself. I feel that the minority better answers key questions than the majority. Sixteen years after the dreaded disease became a name to reckon with in the Realm, it has yet to run rampant in the nitery entertainment areas.

Told that the transition from HIV to Aids is slow but inexorable, we were assured that death was certain in four years. When it didn't happen, in eight years. Then 12 years. Every Thai male between eight and 80 would meet his maker by the year 2000. Alas, no. Twenty years, 30, 40? Certainly people pass away daily for any number of causes, but the scourge is behind the curtain a-waiting its cue.

The weakest claim of the majority lies (pun intended) in its use of numbers. WHO accepts the figures given it by the respective countries, but consider that Thailand's for one are unreliable. No field surveys are conducted. In the decennial census, the population of the capital is only a guess; six million, seven, eight, nine, 10? One is as good as another. How many Aids victims in the Kingdom is also a mystery.

What is the CDC (the Centre for Disease Control) in Atlanta playing at, I wonder? It has listed 30 diseases, many common, which if you die of it and HIV is found present, Aids is written on the death certificate. Among them are malaria, TB and cervical cancer. That's a bit much, don't you think?

Name publications and commentators declare that Africa is being ravaged by Aids. But are you aware of the Bangui definition of Aids in Africa? No HIV test is needed: Prolonged fevers (for a month or more), weight loss of 10% or greater, and prolonged diarrhoea. Which means that many traditional African diseases, pandemic in poverty-stricken areas with tropical climate, open latrines, and contaminated drinking water, are now called Aids.

According to Tom Bethell's article in the April 2000 The American Spectator, "Inventing An Epidemic", apart from Africa, Aids remains confined to the major risk groups _ mainly intravenous drug users and gays taking recreational drugs. And it takes circa 1,000 sexual contacts to transmit HIV heterosexually.