Outsourced testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2009/10/23
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been lobbying for universal “HIV” testing; they appear to have outsourced successfully to India and UNAIDS:
“Soon, mandatory for pregnant women in India to undergo HIV test
NEW DELHI: Passing AIDS from mother to child is a human rights violation and soon all pregnant women in India will have to undergo a mandatory HIV test, the parliamentary forum on HIV and AIDS said on Friday. . . . [T]he forum met UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe Thursday and discussed the issue with him. . . . Sidibe, on his first visit to India, has held a series of meetings with government authorities. He has emphasised the role of the political leadership in ensuring that the country’s universal access goals to HIV prevention, care and treatment are achieved” [emphasis added].
Note that Sidibe heads the institution, UNAIDS, which has persistently overestimated HIV/AIDS numbers, as attested by the former epidemiologist for the World Health Organization, James Chin (The AIDS Pandemic). A few years ago, UNAIDS had implicitly acknowledged this when it reduced its estimates for India by more than 50%.
The assertion that something is a human rights violation is becoming so common that it will soon lose its force, if it hasn’t already.
It’s a perpetual irritation for me that people high and low declaim with dogmatic assurance about things they don’t understand. Almost everyone who learns that I was a chemistry teacher conjures up memories of “hating” chemistry, not understanding it, finding it removed from anything relevant to daily life — even as these same people will carry on about proteins and minerals and vitamins needed in the diet. An increasingly common expression is “carbon footprint”: how many of those who utter it, I wonder, could explain exactly what it means? Not so long ago, the heads of umpteen governments warned of disasters ahead if we did not curb carbon emissions: how many of them, I wonder, could state even approximately the relative contributions to global warming exerted by water vapor, methane, and carbon dioxide?
The proliferation of ignorant assertions about HIV/AIDS is far from a unique phenomenon. Nevertheless it remains deplorable that the executive director of UNAIDS should not know that pregnancy carries the risk of testing “HIV-positive” in absence of contact with any conceivable source of “HIV infection” (Why pregnant women tend to test “HIV-positive”, 5 October 2009).