DOES HIV ACTUALLY CAUSE DREADED AIDS DISEASE?
By Dominic Odipo
The Standard Limited (Kenya) 26 Jan. '01
What causes the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)? This may sound
like a stupid question but, according to an emerging or "dissident" new
school of thought, it is not.
This dissident view holds that we actually do not know what causes AIDS. We
do not know whether the condition known as AIDS is caused by a virus or some
other agent. There is no proof that the "virus" known as HIV causes AIDS.
According to this seemingly unorthodox view which is being championed by
South African President, Thabo Mbeki, those who are telling us that HIV
causes AIDS as we have come to know it in Africa, are either deliberately
misleading us or, if acting in good faith, they are basing their conclusions
on half-baked scientific information.
The implications of this so-called dissident view are enormous. If HIV does
not cause the condition known as AIDS, then the millions of shillings being
spent everyday around the world to fight HIV are being thrown down the
drain. The AIDS "industry" which has grown into a billion dollar business is
founded upon a fundamental error, an illusion.
The giant western pharmaceutical companies which are minting millions of
dollars making and selling drugs supposed to fight HIV are fleecing the
victims of AIDS who are getting nothing in return for their money.
Understandably, the traditional AIDS establishment is up in arms. It is
already spending millions of shillings everyday to fight this dissident view
and to rubbish President Mbeki who is now being depicted as Nero, the
half-mad Roman Emperor, who merrily fiddled away while Rome was burning. But
Mbeki is not deterred by the criticism. His struggle continues.
He has assembled a distinguished group of 33 AIDS experts, representing both
the dissident and the orthodox views, to debate this question honestly and
The crux of the dissident view is that there is no proof that HIV causes
AIDS. There could be a virus known as HIV but the syndrome or the condition
we know as AIDS which leads to the inability of the body to fight off all
sorts of diseases, could be the result of something else which we do not yet
know. The direct link between HIV and AIDS as we know it in Africa, is, at
The proponents of the traditional view maintain that practically every
development of AIDS has been linked to a virus called HIV being present in
the blood of the infected person. They admit that they do not know how the
HIV virus originated but they claim to have no doubt about the fact that HIV
But the whole debate has been complicated by another seemingly simple
question, what exactly is HIV? In an interview carried in a recent issue of
New African magazine, a German doctor Henrich Kremer and Swiss professor
Alfred Hassing were quoted as saying. "HIV, which is held to be responsible
for causing 30-different AIDS defining diseases, has never been shown to be
transmissible nor self-reproducing, it has never been isolated, photographed
or otherwise properly characterised as required by the established rules of
According to Professor Sam Mhlongo, a South African AIDS expert who is
serving on Mbeki's panel, the orthodox scientists need to produce a purified
photograph of the HIV virus to demonstrate that it actually exists.
Professor Mhlongo adds that all the orthodox scientists have shown regarding
the HIV "virus" are particles "and they are saying that the particles are
enough. As far as my information is concerned and the laws of virology,
particles alone are not sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a
particular virus. You must be specific - isolate the whole thing the whole
virus, and this they have not done."
Mhlongo says that there are about 30 diseases in Africa which can lead to
AIDS. Some like hypoprotinaemia are directly related to poverty. The AIDS
establishment needs to acknowledge these facts but it is reluctant to do so
because "poverty does not make money while HIV does."
So, there we are. Not only are we not sure about what exactly causes AIDS,
we are not even sure that it is a virus. The so-called HIV "virus" has never
been photographed as required by the laws of virology and so we do not know
whether it is a virus or not.
It is from this premise that President Mbeki's high-powered initiative
begins. The President's view point is that, serious as the AIDS scourge
might be, we cannot realistically tackle a problem we do not know. How can
we possibly talk about treatment if we do not even know what the disease is?
Let us sit down and debate this whole thing first before we decide how to
From the other side, the HIV-AIDS establishment and the big drug companies
are arguing that with more than 20,000 people dying of AIDS in Africa
everyday, the house is already on fire and we need to throw everything at it
before it burns to the ground. Sitting down to argue or debate at this time
is ridiculous, a luxury we cannot afford.
To President Mbeki, everything seems quite clear. The drugs being developed
in the West might work there but be useless against those particular strains
of AIDS found in Africa. Why should we spend so much money on drugs that
merely work on HIV when we are not even sure that it is HIV which causes
AIDS? If it is later proved that HIV is benign and does not actually cause
AIDS, then Africa will have spent millions of dollars merely enriching
Western drug companies.
To a detached mind, especially an African one, President Mbeki's argument
sounds so logical that it is hard to understand why it has not gained more
currency in the continent. Even here is Kenya, the local AIDS establishment
seems to be throwing cold water on Mbeki's initiative. There seems to be a
strange conspiracy of silence even though some of the scientific facts being
thrown up by the Mbeki initiative cannot possibly be disputed.
Intelligent men often make mistakes on a very grand scale. The human race
has known many such grand mistakes before when Christopher Columbus landed
on one of the islands of the Caribbean, he thought he was on the eastern
coast of India. It was not until the 15th Century AD that the human race
discovered that the planet which we inhabit is spherical, not flat.
And so it could turn out that the view that HIV causes AIDS is totally
wrong. It may turn out that AIDS is caused by a completely different agent,
one that is not even a virus. Since President Mbeki's expert advisors are
raising so much plausible doubt, shouldn't we, at the very least, sit down
and reason together?