by Helen Lobato
After almost three decades of distorted scaremongering, the head of the World Health Organisation’s department of HIV/Aids has admitted that there will never be a global epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population.
On Sunday 8th June 2008, Jeremy Laurance wrote in The Independent that
A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.
Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO's department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa. And that up till now the threat of the virus was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, but now it was recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, the risk was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.
The belief and propaganda that HIV would lead to a worldwide pandemic began over 25 years ago. The news that HIV equaled likely death for those engaging in sexual intercourse heralded the start of massive scaremongering and misguided public health politics. Probably the most famous government propaganda broadcast in Australian history was the “Grim Reaper” TV ad of April 1987. The Angel of Death emerged from smoke and gloom as a solemn voice intoned:
“At first, only gays and IV drug users were being killed by AIDS, but now we know every one of us could be devastated by it. That's why you should always use a condom, because you can never be sure just how many people you are really going to bed with.”
The AIDS epidemic in the 1980s followed a massive escalation in the consumption of recreational drugs that started in the 1960s and 70s. The era of HIV/Aids owes its beginnings to a young immunology researcher who in researching immune deficiency diseases came across a young man with a persistent pneumonia called pneumocystis carinii, a disease which rarely affects people other than those with cancer whose immune systems have been damaged by chemotherapy or radiation. Soon his studies revealed more cases of patients with PCP, all of them male and homosexual and many of whom were also suffering from rare blood –vessel tumours and skin disfiguring lesions known as Kaposi’s Sarcoma. Coincidentally the men were all heavy users of recreational drugs including nitrite inhalants such as ‘poppers’. Very soon cases of KS and PCP were appearing with increasing frequency in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
The belief that AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease is challenged by such people as HIV researcher Professor Peter Duesberg who writes about the massive numbers of people who are diagnosed as having AIDS but whose partners remain uninfected. "There are thousands of those," he says. "One of the most famous examples is Arthur Ashe. He had H.I.V. for ten years and died of AIDS, but his wife and daughter are both H.I.V.-negative and there are 15,000 American hemophiliacs who are H.I.V-positive, and there isn't one study that shows that the wives of hemophiliacs get AIDS from their partners."
AIDS, rather than being a new infectious disease caused by HIV and spread by sexual intercourse is really a condition or syndrome manifesting as fatal immune system failure. Dr Root-Bernstein and fellow researchers say that the immune-suppressive factors most closely linked to Aids in studies of high-risk groups include the following: Illicit drugs such as heroin which acts to suppress the immune system and the overuse of Antibiotics and therapeutic drugs, such as AZT and ddI, which are meant to treat Aids prophylactically but actually lead to the breakdown of the immune system. Blood transfusions and such products as Factor 8, taken by haemophiliacs, can also cause immune suppression and manifest as AIDS.
Now more than a quarter of a century and hundreds of billions of dollars later, the head of the WHO’s department of HIV/AIDS has admitted that the world was never at risk from AIDS. This is really scandalous news that has so far not made the headlines in any of the major US media or indeed here in Australia. The UK media has treated this admission as quite startling and so it must seem to those who have been loyal believers in the myth of HIV. As Brendan O’Neill in the Guardian writes:
It is time to recognise that the Aids scare was one of the most distorted, duplicitous and cynical public health panics of the past 30 years. Instead of being treated as a sexually transmitted disease that affected certain high-risk communities, and which should be vociferously tackled by the medical authorities, the "war against Aids" was turned into moral crusade.
HIV equals AIDS is a myth and the product of a massive misunderstanding, deliberate or otherwise of HIV epidemiology. Nevertheless the campaign to stop the HIV epidemic was taken up with a passion by the multitudes of gay rights campaigners, left leaning activists, health and social workers who fell hook line and sinker for the myth that HIV/AIDS would lead to a worldwide pandemic affecting both homosexuals and heterosexuals.
There are many of us who challenged the myth that HIV/Aids would result in a catastrophic global epidemic but we were silenced and called Aids deniers and were even accused of being homophobic because we reported that Aids was confined to "high-risk groups", including men who have sex with men and injecting drug users which is exactly the demographic that Kevin de Cock is now at last conceding and in doing so is admitting that the world’s scientists and medical organisations had got it very wrong.
As for AIDS in Africa this diagnosis has always been made on a clinical assessment based on the symptoms of hunger, TB and malaria which are diseases of poverty. One wonders how long it will be before the HIV/Aids industry admits that the Africans are suffering from diseases of poverty not an infectious disease caused by HIV.
As the millions of innocent victims of the HIV/Aids myth seek justice the truth will emerge. Those who have put their lives on hold by never forming sexual relationships for fear of infecting a loved one or those who denied themselves the birth of a child. In Canada and the USA where parents are forced to administer AZT, a toxic DNA chain terminator and known carcinogen to their newborn children lawsuits are beginning to occur.
The virus-only causality of AIDS is well past it’s used- by date.