HIV/AIDS Skepticism

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

Archive for February, 2011

HIV dissent in major media

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2011/02/05

The Montreal Gazette is the English-language daily in Quebec, with a circulation of about 165,000. It has published an op-ed piece by Terry Michael which summarizes in a clear and non-technical way the case against “HIV” tests, and against “HIV” itself as cause of AIDS.

Terry capitalized on the publicity about boxer Tommy Morrison’s scheduled bout and his refusal to take an “HIV” test. Morrison had the experience years ago of testing “positive”, then later “negative”, and also experienced the toxic effects of antiretrovirals. He seems determined to bring the dissident message to the public, and Terry’s piece certainly contributes to that:

Junk science and AIDS
Boxing lesson: Morrison’s fight against blood test a teaching moment for Canadians

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HIV is good for you: protects against cancer

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2011/02/04

“HIV protects against cancer and cannot cause AIDS” (2009/12/01) reported on a paper presented at the Annual Congress of the Italian Association of Cell Cultures by Ruggiero, Pacini, et al.: the HIV protein, VpR, induces selective killing of rapidly dividing cancer cells.

This pointed to a possibly symbiotic relation between HIV and the human genome, the anti-cancer action of HIV causing it to be selectively favored by evolutionary processes.
That evolution of mechanisms for warding off cancer may have been crucial elements in the evolution of higher organisms had been postulated also by James Graham.
Now there comes further support for this from an independent source. Hessol et al., “HIV tropism and decreased risk of breast cancer” [PLoS One, 16 December 2010, 5(12):e14349],  found that “breast cancer risk was significantly lower for women with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection compared to the general population. This deficit in HIV-associated breast cancer could not be attributed to differences in survival, immune deficiency, childbearing or other breast cancer risk factors” . It seems that “Low breast cancer risk with HIV is specifically linked to CXCR4-using variants of HIV”.
This is a different mechanism than that found by Ruggiero et al. Perhaps that explains why Hessol et al. don’t cite them or Graham, but a more probable reason is the explosive growth of publications about cancer and HIV, which makes it all but impossible to remain aware of all potentially relevant research.

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