AIDS REPORT FROM COLOMBIA
By Roberto A. Giraldo, M.D.
I would like to inform our group "Reappraising" about an "AIDS
debating tour" I carried out through several cities of my country
1. I gave 14 lectures in 7 cities. In most places there was a
discussion of the controversy upon the etiology of AIDS with the health
care professionals dealing with AIDS in Hospitals, Cities or States. The
title of the lecture was:
"INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC DEBATE: AIDS IS NEITHER AN INFECTIOUS
DISEASE NOR SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED".
2. Organizing Committee:
During three months there was a Central committee organizing and promoting
the lectures and the debates. The main coordinator of this committee is
Mr. Angel Galeano, journalist and Director of a periodical of sciences
and arts called The Little Newspaper, which has published several
articles on the AIDS controversy.
A subcommittee did the work in each Colombian city. The members of these
committees are MDs, nurses, bacteriologists, epidemiologists and journalists
who know the work I have been doing as an AIDS dissident during the last
From New York I sent to the central committee several documents and
papers from Dr. Peter Duesberg and other members of Reappraising, so that
they could promote the events.
In September a Colombian scientific journal (Revista de Investigacion
y Educacion en Enfermeria from University of Antioquia) published an
article of mine: "International Scientific Debate upon AIDS",
which was also useful to promote the discussion.
3. The following was the schedule and the main activities
in each city:
a) October 18. Lecture. 500 people. University of Antioquia: International
affair Office, School of Medicine, School of Nurses, School of Bacteriologists,
and the National School of Public Health.
b) October 22. Lecture. 150 MDs doing Alternative or holistic Medicines.
c) October 23. Debate. 500 people. Three HIV MDs: an Infectious Diseases
Doctor, A Microbiologist and an Epidemiologist. The three of them have
a large experience in diagnosing, treating and preventing AIDS (HIVAIDS).
The microbiologist wrote a book on HIV and AIDS. From our side there was
Dr HelmanSabdi Alfonso, a geneticist and director of research in a
prestigious University in Barranquilla (Metropilitana University), who
wrote a recent book in Spanish The Great Fiasco: AIDS is not Caused
by HIV, which has an excellent description of Professor Peter Duesberg's
views on AIDS. I closed the fifth presentation of the debate before opening
the discussion with the audience. The public gave many more arguments on
our side. There were several health care Colombian Government authorities
within the public.
Both the lecture on October 18 and the debate on October 23 were transmitted
in direct (live) by the Cultural Radio Station of the University which
covers the entire State of Antioquia. After the debate there were several
news in radio and TV upon our views on AIDS as a Toxic and nutritional
syndrome rather than an infectious disease.
MAGANGUE. October 28. 200 people. Local Medical Association and
a Civic Organization promoted the lecture. Lecture attended mostly by Health
Care Workers and town leaders.
CARTAGENA. October 30,
a) 8:00 am. 1000 people.University of Cartagena. Cedetrabajo and the
Local Medical Association. Mostly students and staff from University health
b) 12:00 noon. 200 people. Hospital of the National Institute of Social
BARRANQUILLA. November 1. 400 people. Universidad Libre and Atlantic
BOGOTA. November 7.
a) 12:00 noon. 1500 MDs from all over the country. Annual Colombian
National Medical Association Congress.
b) 6:00 pm. 200 people. Colombian National Association of Nurses and
Colombian National Association of Health Care Workers.
YOPAL. November 8. 300 people. Health care Workers. Local Association
of Health care professionals.
CALI. November 14.
a) 8:00 am. 250 people. University of VALLE Medical Center.
b) 6:00. 50 people. Lecture to civic leaders of Cali.
NEW YORK. October 1. 100 people. Carried out at the Colombian
Consulate in Manhattan and organized by the U.S. Colombian SIDA/AIDS Foundation.
The Association of Colombian Professionals and Students Abroad (PECX) helped
also in the promotion of this lecture.
4. In all lectures and debates there were local, state and national
civic leaders, journalists, government health care authorities, artists,
AIDS activists, health care professionals, AIDS researchers, immunologists,
5. In each city, the organizer committee made newspapers articles,
radio, and TV programs to promote the lectures and the debates. They made
big boards for universities and hospitals with information on books and
main references from Duesberg and other researchers of Reappraising. They
sent invitations to private and public institutions and associations with
a three pages summary of my lecture and 60 references.
6. "Colombian Association for the Scientific Reappraising
of the Etiology of AIDS" (TOXISIDA).
On November first we created this organization as a branch of our international
"Group for the Scientific Reappraising of the HIVAIDS Hypothesis",
which main objective is to stimulate in Colombia the debate and discussion
upon the controversy about the cause of AIDS. Currently they are creating
chapters of TOXISIDA in each city.
For the First of December, International Day of AIDS, TOXISIDA had several
press activities to continue the debate on the cause of AIDS including
a TV interview of myself. On December first, the periodical El TiempoI
(the main Colombian Newspaper), had an article with an abstract of Dr Alfonso's
book and on ours views of AIDS as a toxic and nutritional disease. The
members of TOXISIDA are also editing a video with the videotapes they recorded
during all my lectures and debates. TOXISIDA will also promote research
and papers so that next year in our first international Conference in London,
Washington, or Berkeley, Colombia can bring a good scientific contribution.
The president of TOXISIDA is Dr. Antonio Mendoza, MD. In the board of
directors there are some other MDs, lawyer, economist, microbiologist,
virologist, journalists and AIDS activists. Dr Alfonso and me are also
Dr. Antonio Mendoza, Presidente
Centro Medico del Norte
Calle 70 # 4855, Consultorio 409
Phone (011575) 356 5818
7. I am happy to inform the group that most of the times our
arguments for AIDS to be a toxicnutritional syndrome were very well
received by the Colombian medical and nonmedical community. In Medellin,
the Association of Infectious Diseases Doctors, wrote a long article in
the local newspaper calling me irresponsible for promoting this debate
and they told the public that "it has been scientifically proven that
HIV is the cause of AIDS", without given any single argument.
8. BBC of London Interview.
On December third I had a telephone interview for a program for Spanish
speaking countries. They asked three questions: a) Why HIV is not the cause
of AIDS ?, b) What is the real cause of AIDS ?, and c) What are the Scientifical
proofs for non infectious agents be the cause of AIDS ?. *
Roberto A. Giraldo, M.D. is an independent AIDS researcher living in Queens, New York.