JUDGE PUSHES AIDS DRUGS (DEC. '01)
Pretoria High Court judge Chris Botha ruled that the South African government was obliged to provide the toxic and experimental
nevirapine to pregnant
women and newborns. See this Reuters report,
this AP release, and
this SAPA report.
See also this article from Health-e, this article from The Economist, and this article from The Guardian.
The ANC was not happy with the trial, see this SAPA
report. The government
did not worry about the court ruling, according to this Reuters
release. The opposition was delighted,
says this article from SAPA.
The South African government is going to appeal the High Court ruling.
See this Reuters report, this article from the Mail & Guardian, and
the statement by the Minister of Health.
See also this letter published in The Independent.
TREATMENT FAILURES (CONT.) (DEC. '01)
"Symptom-free HIV patients can safely hold off taking AIDS drugs longer
than previously thought, two new studies suggest." See this AP
report, and this article from The Globe and Mail.
"Letting patients with HIV take their medicines on a one-week-on, one-week-off
schedule might save some money and might help reduce side-effects," says this
"A disturbing new study found that at least half of all Americans under
care for HIV infection carry viruses that are resistant to some of the standard
AIDS drugs." See this AP release,
and this article from the Boston Globe.
"HIV-infected women who take certain combinations of
medications in their first trimester of pregnancy may increase
the risk of having a child with birth defects, a small study
suggests." See this Reuters article.
AIDS ACTIVISTS JAILED (NOV. '01)
San Francisco gay and AIDS activists David Pasquarelli and Michael Petrelis
are jailed for a million dollars bail. The activists face a number of felony and
misdemeanor charges stemming from a series of allegedly
harassing and threatening phone calls. See this
press release, this
article from the Los
Angeles Times, this article from the San Francisco Examiner, and this
article from the San Francisco
FBI officials were even asked
to take action against the activists for domestic terrorism.
Pasquarelli and Petrelis deny the charges, stating that,
while some calls were made, they never threatened anyone,
spoke to children, or placed bomb threats. Indeed, there
is no evidence or declarations supporting the most serious
felony charges. An legal expert expects the felony counts will
be reduced to diversion or to misdemeanors. See this
article from The
San Francisco Examiner.
Charged with more felonies the
bail for Pasquarelli was increased. See this press release.
You can support a newly formed bail fund
The Direct Action
Civil Liberties Fund. It collects the necessary
money to ensure their release as quickly as possible.
See this open letter of concern too.
See also this article by Clinton Fein, this article by Doug Ireland, and this article from
the New York Times.
ROLLING STONE (NOV. '01)
"22 million Africans infected, with 14 million more already
dead from it. These frightening numbers were all that mattered,
it seemed to me. Once they were shown to be accurate, further
debate would be rendered obscene, and Thabo Mbeki would be
guilty as charged, a fool who'd allowed himself to be swayed
by a tiny band of heretics universally dismissed as wackos,
fringe lunatics and scientific psychopaths. So I set out to
confirm the death toll. Just that. I thought it would be
easy - a call or two, maybe a brief interview. I picked up
the phone. It was my first mistake."
Journalist Rian Malan has spent most of the past year researching
African AIDS statistics for an
Stone magazine. See also his article for
South Africa's Business Day.
Read this article from the New York Post,
and this column by Nicholas
FINAL ISSUE CONTINUUM (NOV. '01)
The last issue
of Continuum magazine has been published
PROF. HEINZ SPRANGER (OCT. '01)
Professor Heinz Spranger is a German
Nosologist and Semiotist, and a Practitioner in Periodontology and Oral Medicine.
He is also a member of The Group, and a member of
South Africa's Presidential AIDS panel.
Read this interview, and see
this article by him.
MONOGRAPH PERTH GROUP (OCT. '01)
The Perth Group published a
monograph about the transmission of
HIV from pregnant women to their children, and the use of drugs as
AZT and nevirapine to prevent such
NEVIRAPINE (OCT. '01)
Dr. Roberto Giraldo wrote an
article to help the lawyers of
the South African Ministry of Health in a court trial against the government
for not providing nevirapine to HIV positive pregnant woman and
See also this Reuters report,
this article, and this
TREATMENT FAILURES (CONT.) (OCT. '01)
"As many as two-thirds of patients on HIV drug combinations may suffer a
medication side effect that could affect their adherence to therapy, new study
results suggest." Read this Reuters report
"The longer HIV-infected patients are on the drug regimen called highly active
antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the more likely they are to develop abnormalities
in fat distribution, according to researchers in France." See this Reuters
"Only about half of HIV-infected patients in a study published were found to be
taking their antiretroviral drugs according to directions", another Reuters
SOUTH AFRICAN STUDY (OCT. '01)
"AIDS has become the biggest single killer of South Africans, the South
African Medical Research Council reports in a study". See this
article from SA's Daily Mail
and Guardian, and this article from
SA's Business Day.
"The ANC has dismissed as "not credible" the Medical Research Council's
findings that AIDS is the leading killer in South Africa." See this
article from The Star,
this government statement, and
this statement by Stats SA.
"Stats SA launched the attack on the MRC report, questioning the scientific
methodology and demographic modelling of the report and criticising its alleged
lack of empirical evidence", says this article
from SA's Business Day:
See also this Reuters report,
and this report.
President Thabo Mbeki had to answer
some questions from Parliament.
See this report.
Update: The MRC report. (.pdf file)
THE BAND PLAYS ON (SEPT. '01)
The American Spectator published an
by Michael Fumento: 'The Band Plays On; Good News on AIDS
Why the Silence?'. Fumento is the author of
'The Myth of
Heterosexual AIDS', and wrote a series of
about some of the AIDS myths.
ARTICLE AL-BAYATI (SEPT. '01)
Toxicologist Dr. Mohammed Al-Bayati
tried to find out if the AIDS illnesses existed prior to HIV, or whether some of
these diseases are rare or never occur in HIV negative persons. Read his new
MBEKI IN THE NEWS (SEPT. '01)
"President Thabo Mbeki has ordered a
re-examination of SA's social policy spending priorities in the light of 1995 "cause of
death" statistics he has extracted from the internet."
See this article from South Africa's Business
Day, and the letter from Mbeki. See also
this article from AFP,
this Reuters report,
and this article from SAPA.
THE AIDS DENIERS (SEPT. '01)
Jim Nelson wrote an article for GQ
magazine about ACT UP SF's "AIDS deniers".
MOTHERING MAGAZINE (SEPT. '01)
Mothering magazine published
a series of articles on AIDS. See this article by
Susan Gerhard about HIV-positive women birthing outside the system, and her
And this article by
Neville Hodgkinson about HIV,
and his article about the lethal dangers
20/20 INTERVIEW MAGGIORE (AUG. '01)
"Disbeliever" Christine Maggiore was interviewed by Connie
Chung for abc news 20/20. Read the transcript.
See also this article.
MBEKI IN THE NEWS (AUG '01)
"South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has attracted a storm of controversy
for questioning the link between HIV and AIDS, said violence and not AIDS was the
biggest killer in the country." See this Reuters report,
and the BBC interview.
TRIBUTE HUW CHRISTIE (AUG. '01)
A tribute to Huw Christie, former publisher of Continuum, who died on August 17th. See also the obituary by Michael Baumgartner.
EMERSON CASE UPDATE (AUG. '01)
"When Nik was born, doctors told me he wouldn't live past 3. They told me he'd
never write his own name, he'd never sing the alphabet and he'd never read," Emerson
said."He's done all those things". Read the story
Read more about AZT fugitives.
UNDUE INFLUENCE (AUG. '01)
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has long been the target of both
industry and ideological forces seeking to scale back regulation." Read this
about the FDA from the American Prospect.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (AUG. '01)
"Challenging the HIV theory got virologist Peter
H. Duesberg all but excommunicated
from the scientific orthodoxy. Now he claims that science has got cancer all wrong."
Read the article
from Scientific American.
TREATMENT FAILURES (CONT.) (JULY '01)
"A controversial treatment in which patients infected with the virus
that causes AIDS are allowed to only take medications on alternate weeks
appears to hold the deadly virus at bay -- and after a year has not
resulted in the creation of a drug resistant virus." Read the UPI
See also this AP article about two more
studies questioning basic principles upon which AIDS therapy is based, and this
release from Reuters.
"HIV-infected men with abnormal body fat distribution, a side effect of treatment
with antiretroviral drugs, face another risk: thinning of the bones." See this Reuters
HAYMAN VS. GLAXO (JULY '01)
"A South African woman is citing President Mbekis controversial views on AIDS in
a 100,000 legal action against the British manufacturer of the drugs
she claims killed her husband."
See this article
from the U.K. Times, this article from SA's Sunday
Independent, this article from the Sunday Times
(SA), and this SAPA report.
See also the particulars of the claim.
CONDOMS UNPROVEN (JULY '01)
"Condoms effectively prevent HIV transmission but data is lacking on whether they work
to block most sexually transmitted diseases, according to a report released by federal health
officials." See this Reuters report.
"Even now the CDC is using an unproven, theoretical model and laboratory
tests to claim condom effectiveness... The CDC just refuses to
acknowledge the loud voice of clinical, empirical and epidemiological
research. It is looking for every possible excuse to avoid admitting that
its 'safe-sex' public health policy has failed." See this press release by The Physicians Consortium.
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