HIV/AIDS; Dissenting Voices United
1997 was the founding year of an organisation
that aims to represent the growing number of international voices dissenting
from the current scientific approach to HIV and AIDS. IFAS was founded
on the initiative of Michael U. Baumgartner, a Swiss Gay Activist and internationally
outspoken AIDS-Analyst with the support of a few people from the fields
of medical science, human rights, scientific journalism, communication
and education. Baumgartner saw the need for an umbrella organisation uniting
the dissident views on HIV and AIDS and at the same time raising issues
of human/patient rights and ethics and bringing back scientific standards
into a field of medical research that has gone badly astray.
As an independent body of scientists
and workers for the public good, headed by a board of scientist and a board
of non-scientists and run by a Secretary General, IFAS is concerned about
the focus of the established AIDS science. In the past 15 years the international
AIDS establishment has been almost exclusively absorbed researching HIV,
with up to date no conclusive model of how HIV is supposed to cause AIDS.
The pharmaceuticals to which people diagnosed anti-HIV-antibody positive
and people having AIDS have been exposed to - because of that diagnoses
- are "..still not toxic enough for the virus and too toxic for the people"
as one medical AIDS-experts in Switzerland puts it, with the potential
of accelerating disease progression. The distinction between possibly therapeutic-
and possibly non-therapeutic effects in the past and present treatment
approach focusing on HIV has been consistently unclear. IFAS agrees that
comprehensive range of information about HIV, AIDS and treatments necessary
to make proper decisions about policies, health care, research and treatments
has not been exposed to the public. It is therefore IFAS concern to make
relevant information publicly accessible and oppose the long standing censorship
on HIV/AIDS’ critical voices. Members of IFAS agree to one of the following
views about the HIV-AIDS-hypothesis:
- There is to date no isolation of a
retro-viral entity called „HIV". Therefore „HIV" cannot be considered
the causation of AIDS, thus the current focus of AIDS research and anti-HIV
treatments has to be revised.
- HIV has been cultured, is an infectious,
exogenous retro-virus yet is insufficient and/or unnecessary to cause AIDS,
therefore the current focus of AIDS research and anti-HIV treatments are
- HIV as an infectious, exogenous retro-virus
has the potential with or without co-factors to cause AIDS but the established
measurements and treatments are wrong.
IFAS has officially approached the
organisers of the World AIDS Conference 1998 held in the same country were
IFAS holds office, Switzerland. The request for an appropriate forum for
the dissident voices on HIV and AIDS has been placed. So far both organisations
representing people living with either label „HIV-positive" and/or
AIDS, the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) and the
International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) are supporting
this request. It would be the first time, that issues such as the failure
to isolate HIV, HIV’s role in AIDS causation and Non-HIV-related models
of AIDS - by now published in about one dozen books in different languages
- would be addressed by the main HIV/AIDS-critics at an orthodox international
There is a lot of resistance expected,
to have the dissenting voices addressing critical issues themselves. You
can show your support by sending letter of support or request to:
GNP+, General Secretariat, P.O.
Box 11726, 1001 GS Amsterdam, Netherlands and ICW, Livingstone House,
11 Carteret Street, London SW1H 9DL, England.
Don’t forget to send a copy of your
letter to the conference chairman Bernhard Hirschel M.D., Geneva Secretariat,
12th World AIDS Conference, 94 rue des Eaux-Vives, 1207 Geneva,
Maybe this will be the long awaited
break through in solving the AIDS-problem? Maybe the „AIDS-Dissidents"
have been right after all?
Organisations or individuals wanting
information, join or financially support IFAS, please write to:
International Forum for Accessible
c/o Studiengruppe für Ernährung und Immunität,
3014 Bern, Switzerland