HIV/AIDS Skepticism

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

Why is HIV/AIDS a disease of black people?

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2012/08/13

“Throughout last month’s International AIDS Conference, HIV advocates highlighted the enormous disparities afflicting U.S. women of color, for whom HIV infection rates are skyrocketing and reaching levels similar to those of sub-Saharan Africa. . . . the rate of new HIV infections among black women was 15 times that of white women and over three times the rate among Hispanic/Latina women” — “HIV/AIDS Rates Rocket for Black U.S. Women”, ForbesWoman 8/13/2012.

Note first that the disparities are NOT enormous for “U.S. women of color”, only for black women, since they are affected 3 times as much as “Hispanic/Latina” women. Moreover, “Hispanic/Latina” is a highly artificial ethnic-linguistic category, within which genetically black people are affected by “HIV/AIDS” far more than whites: West-Coast “Hispanics”, who are largely Mexican, test “HIV-positive” at about the same rate as Native Americans and not much more than white Americans, whereas East-Coast “Hispanics”, who  are largely Caribbean and black, test “HIV-positive” at about the same rate as African Americans (see copious data from official sources cited in The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory).

As also shown in that book, the reason why black people test “HIV-positive” far more often than others — whites, Asians, Native Americans — is because the “HIV” tests are racially biased: something about the genetic haplotypes common in some sub-Saharan natives, probably related to the Bantu, produces a very high rate of testing “HIV-positive”.

But don’t go to the bother of looking at the data, which are conclusive. Just use common sense. Either African Americans and sub-Saharan natives share an inescapably determinative cultural or genetic proclivity for promiscuous and unsafe sex, or there is something physiological about their shared genetic ancestry that conduces to testing “HIV-positive” — bearing in mind that testing “HIV-positive” can result from innumerable conditions, including pregnancy or getting vaccinated.
The degree of promiscuous and unsafe sex needed to explain the “HIV” “pandemic” in sub-Saharan Africa has been calculated by Dr. James Chin, former epidemiologist for the World Health Organization and for California: 20-40% of adult Africans must be having about a dozen sexual partners at any given time and must be changing them about annually, to generate the network needed for the apparent “spread” of HIV (The AIDS Pandemic, 2007).

So which are you willing to believe?
That about one third of African Americans, women in particular, have about a dozen sexual partners at any given time, without practicing safe sex, and changing those partners about annually

 OR

  that there’s something about those highly non-specific “HIV” tests that responds to proteins commonly found in the sera of people with sub-Saharan genetic haplotypes?

7 Responses to “Why is HIV/AIDS a disease of black people?”

  1. mo79uk said

    Hope you don’t mind if I do a little bit of self promo in this comment, but I feel it’s relevant to the topic. I’m only going to do it once.

    I recently published a concise book called Prescribing Sunshine: Why vitamin D should be flying off shelves, and it’s possibly the only book on vitamin D that supports the dissident view of AIDS. It also features an interview with Joan Shenton. Currently, it’s in digital form only from Amazon worldwide and doesn’t cost much.

    I don’t believe that vitamin D is a simple solution to AIDS, but I do think it’s a major player in preventing or treating many illnesses – something not contended by even some defenders of the classic AIDS hypothesis. My take on vitamin D not only supports Tony Lance’s hypothesis, but it makes a logical point on why AIDS affects dark-skinned people most, regardless of factors like poverty.

    • Henry Bauer said

      mo79uk:
      On p. 102 of my The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory I cite sources for the need for dark-skinned people living in temperate zones to use vitamin D supplements because the dark skin hinders self-production by filtering sunshine. So your thesis is congenial!

      • mo79uk said

        Thank you, that’s as good as an endorsement.🙂 I’ve read The origin… but will need to get your latest.

        Also, Goldacre has another book out next month: Bad Pharma. Surely will be interesting aside from talk about the need for reduced price antiretrovirals.

    • Have you looked into VDR polymorphism and race? Are there genotypes in black people that make it harder to process vit D?

  2. mo79uk said

    I haven’t looked much into that – need to make clear that I’m an enthusiastic advocate rather than a bona fide expert – but insensitivity or hypersensitivity seems to happen regardless of race.
    The key problem for dark-skinned people is that they will suffer from vitamin D deficiency much more than whites in northern latitudes (i.e. countries they are not adapted for). In Africa, malnutrition will seriously hinder the role of vitamin D because it requires, for example, the presence of magnesium, boron, zinc and vitamin A.

  3. Guy said

    If the emphasis on testing in urban areas is a national phenomenon (it is in my neck of the woods) then there might well be a bias towards testing proportionally more African Americans than are present in the population as a whole. This would compound on the propensity for descendants of sub-Saharan Africans to show more sensitivity to the “HIV” test.

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