HIV/AIDS Skepticism

Pointing to evidence that HIV is not the necessary and sufficient cause of AIDS


Posted by Henry Bauer on 2008/01/02


133/141 West 21 Street, room 101C

January 16, 2008
6:30 – 8pm

Meagan O’Connell addresses issues that are specific to the growing population of perinatally HIV-infected teens [emphasis added] .

Slides of artwork will accompany the lecture. O’Connell is the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts Therapies at Incarnation Children’s Center.

She has spent the last 10 years working with medically [emphasis added] ill children and their families. Presented by the MPS Art Therapy Department.”

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What does it mean, to qualify “ill” with “medically” ? Can one be “ill” in a way that has nothing to do with medical matters, in other words, with health?

Or does it signify, as it should, IATROGENIC: ill as a result of medical treatment?

“Perinatally HIV-infected” means, HIV-positive when born. These teens have therefore been on antiretroviral treatment for a decade or more. Therefore their mitochondria have been damaged, and they are at risk of cancer (FIRST: DO NO HARM!, 19 December 2007), “medically” ill indeed.

For a heart-rending close-up of a child treated with antiretroviral drugs for about a decade, have a look at Robin Scovill’s film, Questioning AIDS in South Africa.


  1. Frank said

    This event brings to mind a 2001 story in the New York Times about “the first generation of children born with H.I.V. to reach adolescence”. I never forgot the one paragraph that might indicate why these kids have survived:

    Some teenagers with the virus apparently rebel by refusing to take their medication. Others simply cannot stick to the complicated drug regimens.

  2. hhbauer said

    That story also illustrates some of the frustrations in trying to figure out what really is involved in any given case. The featured teenage orphan lost her mother to AIDS in 1995 and her brother is also HIV-positive, we are told, but he gets no further mention in the story, nor do we know what her mother really died from, among the dozens of possible “AIDS-defining” diseases that also may affect people who aren’t HIV-positive.

    One possible clue is that “Well over 50 percent of the children we see are cognitively impaired, sometimes with significant learning disorders or emotional disturbance. It’s not always the result of the virus doing brain damage. Many of these children are products of pregnancies that weren’t optimal. The brain can take hits when there is prematurity or exposure to drugs in uterus”. When brother and sister share a condition, there are a number of possible reasons.

    The story also illustrates the utterly misleading way “AIDS” and “HIV” are used interchangeably; and it asserts that HIV-positive children are now living longer when there had not been a long enough earlier period to make a valid comparison.

    As to how well they do now, “Some are sick all the time, often with side effects from their medications”—as we would expect, given that the drugs damage their mitochondria (FIRST: DO NO HARM!, 19 December).

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