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Collateral damage from HIV/AIDS

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2008/12/06

Enormous harm has been caused by the mistaken view that “HIV-positive” signifies infection with a fatal retrovirus that can only be held in check by highly toxic medication to be administered until the patient dies.

By now, millions of people have been subjected to this iatrogenic damage; including some unknown but large number of babies, whose mitochondria (central to cellular energy processes) have been irreparably debilitated. We know of people who tested positive only because of anti-tetanus shots, or flu vaccination, or surgical procedures, or many other conditions having nothing to do with a putative immune-system-destroying virus, and those people suffered long periods of ill health and low quality of life until they stopped taking the antiretroviral drugs and regained something like their previous state of sound health.

Physical harm to innumerable people is not, though, the only collateral damage from this medical pseudo-science. Sociopolitical harm is no negligible aspect of this tragedy. For example:

Discrimination against gay men:
Russia Mayor Links HIV To Gay Rights
Just days after the world presented an united front against HIV during Monday’s 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov has linked HIV to the gay rights movement . . . . Luzhkov, speaking at a conference in Moscow titled “HIV/AIDS in Developed Countries”, said that his administration would continue to ban the progress of gay and lesbians rights, citing the notion that greater visibility for the gay community was responsible for an increase in HIV in Moscow. ‘We have banned, and will ban, the propaganda of sexual minorities’ opinions because they can be one of the factors in the spread of HIV infection,’ he said.”
[Admittedly, this is not the only threat to freedom of speech in present-day Russia]

Panic in schools:
How much harm has been done to how many people and to which social interactions and to what degree, by the announcement of possible HIV infections in a St. Louis school, can never be known:

Too early to know if Mo. school had HIV outbreak
ST. LOUIS (AP)— Six weeks after someone with HIV said dozens of students at a St. Louis high school might have been exposed to the virus, it remains unclear whether an outbreak has occurred.
Missouri health authorities say preliminary October test results for St. Louis County show two new cases of HIV among people 24 and under.
It isn’t clear whether those cases are even connected to Normandy High School, where students were tested voluntarily in late October. An infected person told county health officials that as many as 50 teens might have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.
The county plans a second round of HIV testing in January. Antibodies to the virus can take three to six months to appear. A final assessment isn’t expected for at least six months.”

As I said when reporting on the initial publicity from Normandy High School:
“Perhaps the best way of instilling fear and producing mass hysteria is by innuendo and vague suspicions, being unspecific and secretive”.

Here, six weeks later, the uncertainty is predicted to persist for at least another six months, during which time students and parents primarily, but teachers and officials too, will be on tenterhooks, wondering who might have unknowingly contracted the fatal virus; after all, as I cited earlier, “The Health Department also will not say how any exposure might have occurred”.

In a previous “footnote” to the story,  I could unfortunately already illustrate — as now, once again — that “further ‘news’ and rumors . . . will be leaking out from those ignorant, panicked, ‘everything is normal’, school administrators and health officials in St. Louis.”

Racist attitudes:
Derailing a disease: With new infections here far outpacing the national average, routine HIV testing should be a priority” [Houston Chronicle, 4 December 2008]

“Unfortunately, the human immunodeficiency virus continues its insidious spread in the population. Earlier this week Houston Health Department officials released a grim set of figures to mark World AIDS Day: About 1,700 people became infected with the virus in Harris County in 2006, nearly twice the national rate for new cases. A disproportionate number of those cases occurred among blacks and Hispanics” [emphasis added].
Despite all the high-falutin talk about removing stigma and not blaming victims, how could the continuing stories that Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by this supposedly sexually transmitted disease not fuel racist beliefs about irresponsible behavior by minorities, particularly in sexual matters?

Breaking up of relationships:
“Hellsing wrote [commenting on the Houston story above]:
When I found out my former husband had a few girlfriends, I got tested immediately. I also had an attorney to call and another residence in which to move while the divorce went through.”

“The urban legend of ‘the down-low’ has brought about circumstances where any woman who tests HIV-positive and who has ever slept with a black man automatically attributes that condition to him, without further ado and without any corroborating evidence. ‘My fault was that I slept with my husband’ (now her ex-husband), says one black woman, who tested HIV-positive when she was pregnant . . . . ‘I let my guard down with the wrong person,’ says yet another . . . . A 20-year-old was ‘the victim of unprotected sex with a guy she thought was her soulmate’ . . . . It seems more than likely that some black men have found themselves unjustly judged guilty of practicing the down-low, and that otherwise stable or potentially long-lasting relationships have thereby been disrupted” [pp. 246-7 in The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory ]

Imprisoning innocents:
Around the world,  an increasing number of individuals are in jail, declared guilty of infecting others with something that is not transmissible.

Bringing science and medicine into ill repute:
For the time being, it is only a relatively small number of people who are aware of how drastically medical practice and medical science have gone. When the knowledge becomes widespread, the exact nature of the fallout can hardly be predicted, but it will certainly be enormously consequential. It may well do for medical science, and even science generally, about what Enron did for energy de-regulation and what the present global financial meltdown is doing for the world’s way of trading, banking, and trying to regulate economies.

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Altogether, HIV/AIDS theory has been responsible for disasters individual and social, including professional and career damage to the few scientists and doctors who refused to accept the official view. Once the realization becomes sufficiently widespread, that the theory is not only wrong but was never even a well supported hypothesis, there will be further calamities befalling innumerable people and institutions, some no doubt well deserved but many of them afflicting people who simply trusted authorities that they had no reason not to trust.

It seems pertinent to repeat this from an earlier post:

This thing is going to be studied long after our time. . . .
Because this is a major historical event
that is going to be studied for 100 years —
how the United States gave AIDS to the world

—   Charles A. Thomas

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HIV scare in St. Louis School—a footnote

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2008/11/12

I had concluded my post about this with the words, “Those facts cause me to dread the further ‘news’ and rumors that will be leaking out from those ignorant, panicked, ‘everything is normal’, school administrators and health officials in St. Louis.” The foreboding was warranted:

“November 9, 2008 — H.I.V. Scare Unnerves a St. Louis High School — By MALCOLM GAY
ST. LOUIS — Walking the halls of Normandy High School between classes, Mya McLemore, a senior, pays close attention these days to the faces of her fellow students. She keeps an eye out for those who avert their gaze, whose lips quiver or who allow a telltale tear to roll down their cheeks.  ‘I’ve been observing people, trying to see who’s acting different,’ said Mya, 16. . . . Life, . . . has been far from normal for students at this struggling high school in suburban St. Louis since they learned last month that as many as 50 of their classmates may have been exposed to H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. . . . Ninety-seven percent of the students chose to be tested. Results are expected this week. . . .
‘It’s the only thing we talk about,’ said Jamar McKinney, a junior. ‘Who could have H.I.V., who started it, how many people may have it. We always agree on who we think has it. . . . I don’t trust nobody until I see the results,’ he said, adding that he plans to display his negative test results on a T-shirt. . . .
Stephen Perkins, 16, a Normandy junior . . . said that whenever he meets girls at the mall, ‘the first thing they ask is, “What school do you go to?” . . . After I say Normandy, . . . “The H.I.V. School? AIDS High?” Normandy’s got a bad name.’”

One can only hope that McKinney’s T-shirt idea doesn’t catch on; but it’s exactly the sort of thing that is all too likely to become a fad.

As I pointed out in my earlier post, “an individual may test positive after being vaccinated against flu, or taking an anti-tetanus shot, or having TB, or for a large number of other reasons . . . . We also know that the probability of testing positive for any of those reasons is far greater for people of African ancestry than others; black females in particular are typically 20 times as likely to test positive under one of those numerous conditions. We also know that in the lower teenage years, females are more likely to test positive than males — perhaps under the physiological stress of menarche, the onset of menstruation.”
But I hadn’t then known that the “student population is 99 percent black”.

The school superintendent can of course be excused for swallowing HIV/AIDS dogma, but someone in his position ought to be more adept at dealing with such a situation. “We didn’t have a playbook,” he was reported as saying. That strikes me in about the same way as when the (briefly) head of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, tried to defend his appointment of his lover to a highly paid position. It’s simply an admission of being unfit for the job.

The media, again of course, find ways to further stir the troubled waters by re-emphasizing the falsehood that HIV is a threat to the whole United States:

hivoverusa

(from NBC’s Channel 7 News, Boston, cr. Awareness Blog)

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St. Louis School HIV Crisis: Wrong Theory Causes Havoc

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2008/10/24

“Midwest high school copes with HIV scare”

“Infected person tells health officials as many as 50 teens might have been exposed
Normandy High School in St. Louis, Missouri, consults national AIDS groups
Students being tested for HIV at six stations in the high school gymnasium
Fallout: Sports rival initially balks at playing team; relationships strained”

“Officials refused to give details on who the person was or how the students at Normandy High School might have been exposed”
thereby providing fertile grounds for the wildest rumors.
“but the district is consulting with national AIDS organizations as it tries to minimize the fallout and prevent the infection — and misinformation — from spreading” — the misinformation for which they are responsible through not revealing the actual facts.

“’There’s potential for stigma for all students regardless of whether they’re positive or negative,’ Normandy School District spokesman Doug Hochstedler said Thursday” — NO. The stigma was ensured by the manner in which this “news” was released.

“A teacher in a neighboring district singled out a girl who dates someone at Normandy High and instructed her to get tested, Hochstedler said” — thereby intensifying the stigma and lending more specificity to the rumors. Why was that girl “instructed” to get tested? What right has a teacher — or anyone else — to give such instructions? I sense some trial lawyers sharpening their pencils and scribbling on legal pads in anticipation of some very lucrative “work” opportunities.

“Hochstedler said that as far as he knows, no other district has had to handle a similar situation” — maybe because they didn’t accept the word of one HIV-positive person that 50 others might have been infected and didn’t make the allegation public?

“Students at the school of 1,300 are being tested, and the district is getting advice on the best ways to support kids in crisis” — but it will not be the actual best way of supporting the kids, namely, admitting that “HIV” is not infectious and doesn’t cause AIDS.

“Sophomore Tevin Baldwin said that many of his classmates in this working-class city of about 5,000 residents want to transfer out of the district, which encompasses other towns. ‘Nobody knows what’s going on,’ he said. The district declined to respond to his assertion.”
It’s like déja vu  all over again, as philosopher Joe Six-Pack might say. Hasn’t it been obvious for almost 3 decades that “HIV” hasn’t spread in the United States?!

“Normandy Superintendent Stanton Lawrence agreed that students remain focused on learning, despite concerns and distraction. There’s no hysteria or panic, and school is running routinely, he said” — at total odds with the preceding parts of this news report. Lawrence should be selling Brooklyn Bridges. “’They recognize this situation is what it is, and doesn’t mean school is over . . . . Their concern is heightened, but we have to face it and do the responsible thing’” — which might begin with not making such idiotic pronouncements.

Perhaps the best way of instilling fear and producing mass hysteria is by innuendo and vague suspicions, being unspecific and secretive [emphases added]:
“The St. Louis County Health Department said last week that a positive HIV test raised concern that students at Normandy might have been exposed. The department is not saying whether the infected person was a student or connected with the school, only that the person indicated as many as 50 students may have been exposed. . . .  The Health Department also will not say how any exposure might have occurred. Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre has said the possibilities include sexual activity, intravenous drug use, piercings and tattoos. . . . Hochstedler said the district doesn’t know the person’s identity, or even whether he or she is a student. ‘We do know there was some potential exposure between that person and students . . . . We don’t know the individual or the route of transmission.’ . . . Students are being tested at six stations in the high school gymnasium, one class at a time. Only representatives from the Health Department are with the students, who are offered educational materials and a chance to ask questions before they are given an opportunity to be tested with a mouth swab, Hochstedler said. They may decline. They exit through a separate door, and no one in the school would know who did or did not get tested. ‘It’s entirely up to the student’ . . . . The district will never know whether or how many of its students tested positive . . . . ‘Once they’re tested . . . it’s an issue between the department and the child and his family”.

Of course, the only sensible interpretation of all this high-level security and secrecy is that the authorities think the situation is as serious as, say, a terrorist threat or suspicion that a mass shooting is being planned.

A friend had e-mailed me the link to this story with the sole comment, “Madness”. Yes, madness indeed. And the “news” media lose no opportunity to add to the madness. Thus Yahoo News spices it up with an AP photo of the school and the caption, “At least 50 students at the school …” [emphasis added], going not responsibly, not fact-checkingly further than the story’s “as many as”.

What we know from the demographics of “HIV-positive” in the United States is that an individual may test positive after being vaccinated against flu, or taking an anti-tetanus shot, or having TB, or for a large number of other reasons having nothing to do with a life-threatening sexually transmitted virus (e.g., Figure 22, p. 83, in The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory). We also know that the probability of testing positive for any of those reasons is far greater for people of African ancestry than others; black females in particular are typically 20 times as likely to test positive under one of those numerous conditions. We also know that in the lower teenage years, females are more likely to test positive than males — perhaps under the physiological stress of menarche, the onset of menstruation.

Those facts cause me to dread the further “news” and rumors that will be leaking out from those ignorant, panicked, “everything is normal”, school administrators and health officials in St. Louis.

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