Henry H. Bauer 
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Re: “FEATURE STORY ‌ Rethinking AIDS

Greg Hambrick did a great job in covering in a balanced way a huge story, about which gross misinformation is so common. Naturally he could not give details on every point, so I should like to add these: --John Moore's comparison with moon rockets is plain silly. A better analogy is that lots of bad data don't make even a tiny bit of good evidence. Many HIV-positive people never got ill in two decades, and many people with AIDS symptoms are HIV-negative, in particular people with Kaposi's sarcoma which was a "signature" AIDS disease. Even the mainstream now says Kaposi's is caused by a different virus --Ruth's statement about HIV being common to all cases is demonstrably untrue. She should cite all the scientific articles on which she bases that assertion. (They don't exist.) --No one claims to know how HIV kills T-cells, after 2 decades of research --All the cited numbers of infections are from computer models, they are not actually observed and counted cases. The models rely on innumerable doubtful assumptions, and have been demonstrably way off the mark in a number of specific instances. --Even the computer estimates by UNAIDS give the same rate of HIV infection in 2006 as in 1996, for sub-Saharan Africa as well as other regions of the world --Christine Maggiore's child did NOT die of an AIDS-related illness. The coroner concerned has long been regarded as unreliable. --Recent scientific publications (August and September) showed that people on "cocktail" therapy got AIDS events EARLIER than those not on therapy; and that while the "surrogate markers" of CD4 counts and "viral load" improved, the patients' health got worse --More than a dozen studies besides Padian's, in Africa and Haiti and Thailand as well as in the USA, have never shown sexual transmission of more than a few per thousand acts; and where use of condoms was controlled for, they made no difference None of these comments should detract from my praise of Greg Hambrick for a balanced account of an enormous and difficult topic

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Posted by Henry H. Bauer on November 29, 2006 at 2:16 PM
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