DON'T TRUST AIDS INC!
ACT UP Community Alert
Bay Area Reporter 28 Sept. 2000
The following full-page ad was placed by ACT UP San Francisco in the Bay Area
Reporter, a weekly gay newspaper, as a response to recent industry attempts
to silence grassroots AIDS dissent.
"South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma expanded on Mbeki's remarks this
week, singling out the group ACT UP San Francisco for praise and comparing
its belief that HIV is harmless to Galileo's 17th-Century crusade to prove
that the Earth rotates around the sun."
-- New York Newsday, April 23, 2000
Last week a media campaign attacking our organization was orchestrated by
executives of the Stop AIDS Project, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF),
Project Inform and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). It was
funded with federal HIV dollars. Before believing the hype it's important to
ask: Why should we trust those who made careers cashing in on a crisis?
Don't Buy the HIV Lie!
Since 1984, gay culture has become colonized by a cadre of hypocritical
moralists who pledge allegiance to HIV. Community dialogue to determine the
role of HIV -- sole cause, possible cofactor, harmless product of immune
system activation or dead end lab mistake -- was shut down in a climate of
early AIDS fear. Many of the same individuals and groups committed to
silencing us stopped all objective community AIDS discourse years ago by
selling out to larger financial interests.
These days we're supposed to trust the health department and UCSF to
truthfully inform us about HIV and sexually transmitted diseases? No thanks.
Remember last year's syphilis scare blamed on gay men who met in chat rooms?
An absolute lie. Ditto for claims about increased male rectal gonorrhea
rates, where the number of cases per tests given actually declined. And who
can forget the bogus surge of HIV to "sub-Saharan African levels?" It's time
to admit it -- HIV is being used as an antigay weapon to drum up funding for
an elite few. But no lie can live forever.
Drugged to Death
To make matters worse, we are now faced with the tragic consequences of ACT
UP founder Larry Kramer's "drugs into bodies" disaster where he decided to
offer up our community as guinea pigs for HIV testing and treatment. Over the
past two years we have witnessed a die-off of AIDS treatment poster boys like
Bill Thorne, Dick Pabich, Tony Leone, Kiyoshi Kuromiya and now Stephen
Gendin. Today Kramer can be found ranting in the pages of POZ that "they used
our bodies to create poisons that kill HIV and kill us too. Like most of our
best activists, most doctors have been coopted by the drug companies." Of
course, Kramer's epiphany comes too late for the countless well-medicated
Queers already led to the grave.
AIDS Drug Activism is Over!
In his final column for POZ, AIDS drug activist Stephen Gendin wrote: "These
days, my friends and I often mourn the loss of activism. Everyone we know is
still doing AIDS work, but our involvement is institutionalized. We aren't
volunteers anymore; we're professionals. AIDS is a 9-to-5 job. It disgusts me
to see what I've become. It disgusts us too to see poison pushers and career
climbers like Pat Christen grab $200,000 each year while our friends, family
members and lovers are exterminated by SFAF's treatment advice and refusal to
provide basic services.
Let's Talk About Real Violence
Liver failure. Kidney damage. Heart attacks. Strokes. Diabetes. Tumor
bellies. Hunchbacks. And a growing list of other injuries caused by protease
inhibitors -- the deadliest drugs ever fed to fags. Meanwhile, salaried AIDS
industry stooges are too compromised to call this sorry state of affairs what
it is -- outright murder.
ACT UP San Francisco refuses to shut up when our community is being destroyed
as our leaders sit by and play dumb. We'll stop being disruptive when:
1) Unreliable HIV testing and dangerous AIDS drugs are banned.
2) Useless and cruel HIV research on humans and animals is stopped.
3) The government, test manufacturers and drug companies financially compens
ate those stigmatized by the HIV-positive label, those damaged by AIDS
drugs, and the families of iatrogenic AIDS victims.
4) AIDS funding is redirected into programs with strict oversight that end
homelessness and hunger, and provide basic health care and substance abuse
solutions to all regardless of HIV antibody status.
5) Open, honest dialogue occurs about all causes of immune suppression.
To those who promised a cure but instead delivered death, .you do not
intimidate us. We have zero tolerance for cheats and liars that exploit and
kill for profit. ACT UP! Fight Back! End the AID$ Scam!
ACT UP San Francisco, 1884 Market Street * San Francisco, CA 94102, Phone:
(415) 864-6686 * Fax: (415) 864-6687 * www.actupsf.com