Posted by Henry Bauer on 2015/01/24
HIV Vaccine Will Be Ready By 2030, According To Bill Gates
No comment is needed, surely.
Just as well, because I wouldn’t know what to say or where to begin saying something.
Or maybe I could note that when I was still doing research, I would have hesitated to ask for funds on the grounds that I knew that I would get specific results after 15 years.
And further, I’m really quite curious to know what it is about the present state of knowledge that allows such an estimate to be made. It’s hard not to become jocular by referring to Nostradamus, extrasensory perception, and the like.
But then again, this is actually less into the future than the physicists’ estimates for a working nuclear fusion reactor.
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Posted by Henry Bauer on 2015/01/09
People surprised by positive HIV-tests sometimes ask for help. At last, Rethinking AIDS has assembled a list — all too short! — of medically qualified practitioners who do not subscribe to HIV/AIDS dogma: Rethinking AIDS Medical Professionals List
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Posted by Henry Bauer on 2015/01/06
The year ahead in science
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 January 2015 (cr. Los Angeles Times)
Microbiologists say that new insights into the structure of HIV’s protein spikes — the weapons the virus uses to enter host cells — have raised hopes for a vaccine. If they are right, it would be a major victory against the virus that causes AIDS.
In the last few years, scientists have realised that some AIDS patients have developed broadly neutralising antibodies that are not fooled by HIV’s infamous ability to camouflage itself. In October, researchers at Yale School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases showed that these antibodies were able to attach to HIV spikes and disable them.
“Personally, working in the HIV vaccine field for 16 years, I have never been so positive,” said Rogier Sanders, a Cornell University microbiologist who studies the spikes but was not involved in that research. “I think the coming year will see some major steps forward thanks to this.”
Here’s my prediction:
The year ahead in January 2016 will speculate, “Could this be the year of the AIDS vaccine?”
In Categories in the left-hand column of this blog, select “vaccines”, and then note 30 blog posts about predicted advances and progress that never eventuated.
Coming up is the thirtieth anniversary of Robert Gallo’s prediction, in April 1984, that a vaccine would be ready in a couple of years’ time.
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Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/12/30
It’s been known for more than a couple of decades that a positive “HIV” test can result from dozens of conditions, some of them diseases, others not — section 3.2.2 in The Case against HIV.
At least, it’s been known to people who are familiar with the peer-reviewed literature. That doesn’t include huge swaths of health-care-associated people and institutions. So when someone tests “HIV-positive”, the ignorant conclusion is almost invariably drawn that the unfortunate “HIV-positive” person has been infected in some way; and if sexual intercourse seems impossible, then it must be through dirty needles — even though peer-reviewed studies have shown that using fresh needles conduces to more prevalence of “HIV-positive”, not less (section 3.3.8 in The Case against HIV).
Innumerable absurdities have damaged innumerable individuals and groups because “HIV-positive” is taken as proof of infection: an 18-month-old baby is infected despite the absence of all possible modes of infection (Immaculate infection by HIV). I’ve noted many other absurdities (159 posts are currently in the “HIV absurdities” category on this blog), for example Spontaneously generated HIV; Youngest person sexually infected with HIV? How are pre-teens infected?; World AIDS Day: Black Stars and “life-saving” HAART; Spontaneous generation of “HIV”.
A striking example has just been reported by the Sydney Morning Herald:
“A four-year-old girl is the latest of more than 200 residents of a remote Cambodian village who have tested positive for HIV, baffling health officials. . . .
more than 200 of the 1700 people . . . have tested positive for HIV since testing began early in December. Residents panicked and rushed to be tested after a 74-year-old man inexplicably tested positive . . . . [and] two women aged 81 and 83 . . . .
all possible causes of HIV transmission were being considered
[but of course none of the many possible causes NOT resulting from “transmission”; after all, some quite common infections like flu, tuberculosis, malaria, can conduce to positive “HIV” tests; so can some vaccinations, very pertinent when “HIV” infection via needles is being alleged]
. . . Cambodian officials have pointed the finger at an unlicensed Cambodian doctor who has admitted re-using needles and syringes on patients. . . .
Cambodian authorities have charged the unlicensed doctor Yem Chhrin, 55, who had practised in the commune for 21 years, with committing murder with a ‘cruel act’. He faces a sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.”
Cambodia, and especially Yem Chhrin, badly need a branch of Clark Baker’s Office of Medical and Scientific Justice.
Posted in HIV absurdities, HIV in children, HIV risk groups, HIV skepticism, HIV tests, HIV transmission, Legal aspects | Tagged: Cambodia, unexplainable outbreak of “HIV”, unknown source of “HIV-positive” | 4 Comments »