Cumulated results of HIV tests in the United States demonstrate that
HIV IS NOT A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION
HIV did not cause the AIDS outbreaks of the early 1980s
The accumulated results of tens of millions of HIV tests, administered by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Army HIV Research Group,
the American Red Cross, and similarly qualified people, and published in official reports and peer-reviewed journals, clearly answer, “NO”
to the following simple question:
Do HIV tests track a sexually transmitted infection
that spread across the United States
from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco,
starting around 1970 among gay men and drug users?
The standard view of HIV/AIDS, however, would require an answer of “yes”:
AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, was first described in the early 1980s in several large cities (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco): clusters of young gay men were dying of opportunistic infections that ordinarily were very rare, like Pneumocystis carinii, as well as the equally rare Kaposi’s sarcoma.
In 1984, the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced that
Robert Gallo (who was then a lab chief at the National Institutes of Health)
had discovered the cause of AIDS: a retrovirus, at first called HTLV-III or LAV, now universally called HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus.
Supposedly, HIV destroys the immune system and thereby causes AIDS.
Tests were devised to detect antibodies to this virus; the commonly used
“HIV tests” test for antibodies, not for virus.
The currently standard view is that approximately 10 years passes between infection with HIV and the appearance of symptoms of AIDS; that HIV first appeared in the United States around 1970 in the cities where the outbreaks of AIDS came in the early 1980s; and that HIV is transmitted through sexual intercourse and blood transfusions.
Some leading experts have denied, from the beginning, that HIV has been shown to be the cause of AIDS. They were excluded from mainstream publications and funding and are rarely mentioned in the mass media.
The dissidents from the standard view have argued chiefly on grounds of retrovirology, immunology, and molecular biology. They have drawn attention
to a variety of puzzling aspects of HIV/AIDS. These intricate technicalities
can be side-stepped by looking strictly at the demography of HIV, at how
POSITIVE HIV tests VARY IN A REGULAR WAY
among social groups
This points to "HIV" being something endemic, not a contagious infection.
It also indicates that positive HIV tests measure something quite general about health, not specifically about AIDS. And the data even show that HIV and AIDS are not connected; for example, Black Americans in every tested group are HIV-positive about 5 times more often than White Americans, and that has not changed for twenty years; but the relative proportions of Black and White victims of AIDS has changed by a factor of more than 6 over that time.
I hope that visitors to this site, and readers of the book mentioned above,
will judge the evidence on its merits, not by who is saying what.
My name is Henry Bauer.
I taught science studies (history-philosophy-sociology of science) as well as chemistry.
My special interest has been in scientific unorthodoxies; my other books include
BEYOND VELIKOVSKY (1984/1999)
THE ENIGMA OF LOCH NESS (1986/1988/1991)
SCIENTIFIC LITERACY AND THE MYTH OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (1992/2005) SCIENCE OR PSEUDOSCIENCE: MAGNETIC HEALING, PSYCHIC PHENOMENA,
AND OTHER HETERODOXIES (2001/2004).
FATAL ATTRACTIONS: THE TROUBLES WITH SCIENCE (2001)