Skip to comments.The authorities have lied, and I am not glad (AIDS insiders expose the AIDS scam)
Posted on 09/07/2008 8:41:08 AM PDT by GodGunsGuts
Friday 29 August 2008
Friday 29 August 2008 The authorities have lied, and I am not glad
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of 1987s The Truth About the AIDS Panic, says it is a shame that AIDS insiders did not expose the myths and opportunism of the AIDS industry earlier. But still, better late than never.
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
There is a widely accepted view that Britain was saved from an explosive epidemic of heterosexual AIDS in the late 1980s by a bold campaign initiated by gay activists and radical doctors and subsequently endorsed by the government and the mass media.
According to advocates of this view, we owe our low rates of HIV infection today largely to the success of initiatives such as the Dont Die of Ignorance leaflet distributed to 23million households and the scary Tombstones and Icebergs television and cinema adverts (though they are always quick to add that we must maintain vigilance and guard against complacency).
Now former AIDS industry insiders are challenging the imminent heterosexual plague story and many of the other scare stories of the international AIDS panic. James Chin, author of The AIDS Pandemic: The Collision of Epidemiology with Political Correctness, is a veteran public health epidemiologist who worked in the World Health Organisations Global Programme on AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Elizabeth Pisani, a journalist turned epidemiologist and author of The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS, spent most of the past decade working under the auspices of UNAIDS, which took over the global crusade against HIV in 1996. Once prominent advocates of the familiar doomsday scenarios, both have now turned whistleblowers on their former colleagues in the AIDS bureaucracy, a byzantine world, according to Pisani, in which money eclipses truth.
For Chin, the British AIDS story is an example of a glorious myth a tale that is gloriously or nobly false, but told for a good cause. He claims that government and international agencies, and AIDS advocacy organisations, have distorted HIV epidemiology in order to perpetuate the myth of the great potential for HIV epidemics to spread into general populations. In particular, he alleges, HIV/AIDS estimates and projections are cooked or made up.
While Pisani disputes Chins claim that UNAIDS epidemiologists deliberately overestimated the epidemic, she admits to what she describes as beating up the figures, insisting unconvincingly that there is a huge difference between making it up (plain old lying) and beating it up. Pisani freely acknowledges her role in manipulating statistics to maximise their scare value, and breezily dismisses the everyone-is-at-risk nonsense of the British Dont Die of Ignorance campaign.
Chins book offers a comprehensive exposure of the hollowness of the claims of the AIDS bureaucracy for the efficacy of their preventive campaigns. He provides numerous examples of how exaggerated claims for the scale of the HIV epidemic (and the risks of wider spread) in different countries and contexts enable authorities to claim the credit for subsequently lower figures, as they ride to glory on curves showing declining incidence. As he argues, HIV prevalence is low in most populations throughout the world and can be expected to remain low, not because of effective HIV prevention programmes, but because the vast majority of the worlds populations do not have sufficient HIV risk behaviours to sustain epidemic HIV transmission.
By the late 1980s, it was already clear that, given the very low prevalence of HIV, the difficulty of transmitting HIV through heterosexual sex and the stable character of sexual relationships (even those having multiple partners tend to favour serial monogamy), an explosive HIV epidemic in Britain, of the sort that occurred in relatively small networks of gay men and drug users, was highly improbable, as Don Milligan and I argued in 1987 (1).
As both Chin and Pisani indicate, high rates of heterosexually spread HIV infection remain the exceptional feature of sub-Saharan Africa (and parts of the Caribbean) where a particular pattern of concurrent networks of sexual partners together with high rates of other sexually transmitted infections facilitated an AIDS epidemic. Though this has had a devastating impact on many communities, Chin suggests that HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean has been overestimated by about 50 per cent. The good news is that, contrary to the doom-mongering of the AIDS bureaucracy, the rising annual global HIV incidence peaked in the late 1990s and the AIDS pandemic has now passed its peak.
Most significantly, the sub-Saharan pattern has not been replicated in Europe or North America, or even in Asia or Latin America, though there have been localised epidemics associated with gay men, drug users and prostitution, most recently in South-East Asia and Eastern Europe.
Many commentators now acknowledge the gross exaggerations and scaremongering of the AIDS bureaucracy. It is clear that HIV has remained largely confined to people following recognised high-risk behaviours, rather than being, in the mantra of the AIDS bureaucracy, a condition of poverty, gender inequality and under-development. Yet they also accept the argument, characterised by Chin as political correctness, that it is better to try to terrify the entire population with the spectre of an AIDS epidemic than it is to risk stigmatising the gays and junkies, ladyboys and whores who feature prominently in Pisanis colourful account.
For Chin and Pisani, the main problem of the mendacity of the AIDS bureaucracy is that it leads to misdirected, ineffective and wasteful campaigns to change the sexual behaviour of the entire population, while the real problems of HIV transmission through high-risk networks are neglected. To deal with these problems, both favour a return to traditional public health methods of containing sexually transmitted infections through aggressive testing, contact tracing and treatment of carriers of HIV. Whereas the gay activists who influenced the early approach of the AIDS bureaucracy favoured anonymous and voluntary testing, our whistleblowers now recommend a more coercive approach, in relation to both diagnosis and treatment.
Pisani reminds readers that public health is inherently a somewhat fascist discipline (for example, quarantine restrictions have an inescapably authoritarian character) and enthusiastically endorses the AIDS policies of the Thai military authorities and the Chinese bureaucrats who are not restrained from targeting high-risk groups by democratic niceties. The problem is that, given the climate of fear generated by two decades of the everyone-is-at-risk nonsense, the policy now recommended by Chin and Pisani is likely to lead to more repressive interventions against stigmatised minorities (which will not help to deter the spread of HIV infection).
Chin confesses that he has found it difficult to understand how, over the past decade, mainstream AIDS scientists, including most infectious disease epidemiologists, have virtually all uncritically accepted the many glorious myths and misconceptions UNAIDS and AIDS activists continue to perpetuate. An explanation for this shocking betrayal of principle can be found in a 1996 commentary on the British AIDS campaign entitled Icebergs and rocks of the good lie. In this article, Guardian journalist Mark Lawson accepted that the public had been misled over the threat of AIDS, but argued that the end of promoting sexual restraint (especially among the young) justified the means (exaggerating the risk of HIV infection): as he put it, the government has lied and I am glad (2).
This sort of opportunism is not confined to AIDS: in other areas where experts are broadly in sympathy with government policy such as passive smoking, obesity and climate change they have been similarly complicit in the prostitution of science to propaganda.
It is a pity that Chin and Pisani did not blow their whistles earlier and louder, but better late than never.
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick is the author of MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (buy this book from Amazon(UK)) and The Tyranny of Health: Doctors and the Regulation of Lifestyle (buy this book from Amazon(UK)).
The Wisdom of Whores, by Elisabeth Pisani, is published by Granta Books. (Buy this book from Amazon(UK).)
The AIDS Pandemic: The Collision of Epidemiology with Political Correctness, by James Chin, is published by Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. (Buy this book from Amazon(UK).)
(1) Michael Fitzpatrick and Don Milligan, The Truth About The Aids Panic, 1987
(2) Mark Lawson, Icebergs and rocks of the good lie, Guardian, 24 June 1996
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Self inject and them come back, if you can, and tell us about your nut job theory.
They're starting to catch on. From the article:
"This sort of opportunism is not confined to AIDS: in other areas where experts are broadly in sympathy with government policy such as passive smoking, obesity and climate change they have been similarly complicit in the prostitution of science to propaganda."
I wonder who actually got all the money alledgly pledged to AIDS.
I always wonder who gets the money.
Given your continual need to cover up how the fast-track gay lifestyle is one of the main causes AIDS, I’m starting to think you delicate geniuses have been dispatched by the Log Cabin “Republicans.” Is this true? Fess up now.
Most diseases are completely avoidable. Influenza? Avoid others. Heart disease? Eat right and exercise. Lung cancer? Don't smoke or breath asbestos. The common cold? Wash your hands.
Don't want cholera? You can completely avoid it by not drinking tainted water.
Don't want tetanus? Completely avoid it by avoiding deep punctures.
I keep on seeing this "completely avoidable" talking point, but it's meaningless. There isn't a communicable disease on the planet that isn't completely avoidable.
The "fast track gay lifestyle?"
The gay "lifestyle" might spread AIDS, but it certainly doesn't cause it.
Heart disease doesn’t fit your scheme since it is not a communicable disease at all.
Cancer is not avoidable. AIDS is avoidable. Can’t change the truth. There are things a person can do to try to lower their possibility of getting cancer. But it is not avoidable. In my work I have seen many cases of lung cancer with no history of smoking. AIDS is completely avoidable.
AIDS is a perfectly natural disease process that will eventually clean up such filth, no matter how many collateral casualties there are.
Nature does not care. Nature does not need human permission.
Neither is lung cancer, which I also mentioned (although some cancers can be caused by communicable diseases).
100% of communicable diseases are completely avoidable. A large number of non-communicable diseases are also avoidable.
And if you have no other water to drink?
Not much of a problem in this country, other than those cases carried across the southern border.
“I hope that the public realizes that having a loud voice doen’t mean it is correct in it’s pleadings”
I have come to the unhappy realization that most of the public is EXACTly that stupid. They have been fed a constant barrage of “if it feels good do it” for so many years, they suck it up like kitties in milk. Want sex?—Have the government pay for abortions, hospice, AIDS research, etc. Eat yourself to obesity? Make the government pay for bariatric surgery. Use drugs? Let the government pay for those, too and needles exchanges of course. Want a superbaby to call your own? Make the government pay for EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Our only hope is that ther are enough Sarah Palins out there to make some people realize the folly of the path that is being followed.
C'mon Chin-- follow the money. All these knuckleheads have enjoyed cushy lifestyles, travel to exotic lands and luxurious "conferences," all on the grant dollar and government dime, and made professional reputations including tenured appoinments.
LIke "global warming", HIV/AIDS pays very well if you're on the right end of things.
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