Is David Gutierrez HIV+?

A military judge in Wichita found Gutierrez guilty in January 2011 on seven of eight counts of aggravated assault and of violating his commander’s order to notify partners about his HIV status and use condoms.

…In its petition, the defence argued that the evidence was not sufficient to prove Gutierrez was HIV positive. The test used has since been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because it was susceptible to false reactions.

His attorneys also said that even if Gutierrez had HIV, his medical records showed his viral load was so low during that time that he had a ‘zero chance’ of infecting anyone through oral sex and a 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000 chance of infecting a partner through unprotected intercourse.

‘If the court agrees with us and determines David was not infected to the point that he could have caused grievous bodily injury to others, this  would gut substantially 90 percent of the case against David,’ McDermott said.

When HIV+ (in the classic antibody sense) and with a ‘so low’ viral load, you could argue that Gutierrez either only possesses an ahead-of-time vaccinated status, or indeed that his test was erroneous. Like all HIV tests.

[Source: Daily Mail]

No HIV transmission from paedophile to victims

A 36-year-old man who abused three little boys despite being HIV positive was jailed for 14 years today.

…Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, said the boys have had to undergo a course of treatment because the defendant was HIV positive but to date all had been negative.

For the boys to have been offered preventive treatment we can strongly infer that the accused had unprotected intercourse with them. Regardless of the heinousness of the crimes, why is it not newsworthy alone that there was no HIV transmission at all?

[Source: ITV News]

Declining condom use with… declining infection rate?

The annual number of new HIV infections among adults and adolescents decreased by 50% or more in 26 countries between 2001 and 2012. …recent surveys in several countries in sub‑Saharan Africa have detected decreases in condom use and/or an increase in the number of sexual partners.

So, as condom use has apparently decreased in sub-Saharan Africa, the continent with the most visible epidemic of HIV/AIDS, there has been an overall global decrease in infection?

[Source: UNAIDS Global Report 2013 (PDF)]

Editorial control of IRF blog

I’m pleased to announce that I have been given an editorial role at Joan Shenton’s Immunity Resource Foundation blog. There I shall be posting articles and moderating others’ contributions.

This does not mean that AIDS Dissident will be abandoned. Some content will be cross-posted and others will be posted to one blog or another only.

Read my first short contribution there now.

Let me get this straight…

Help me work this out:

  1. HIV+ man passes on ‘infection’ to 2 of 4 female partners; he had unprotected sex with all of them and neither of the infected were assumed to be HIV+ prior to meeting him.
  2. After 1yr, HIV+ man who had a child with one of his victims begins to show signs of an STD. Following hospital tests it’s revealed that the mother of his child did not know he was infected, and so when the mother was tested, she tested HIV+ too.
  3. Their baby is not HIV+

‘Having unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive is a bit like Russian Roulette. You might be lucky and might not get it – or you might.’

We were told in the 1980s that HIV was highly infectious, so, what gives? 50% infection and no maternal transmission here. What STD the man had/has is unknown from this article. What manifestation of AIDS or ‘HIV disease’ either of the women had or could have if not treated is not clear too.

[Source: Daily Mail]

Veteran sues over ‘false positives’

According to the lawsuit, the tests to confirm he had the disease were never completed by anyone and all the routine tests carried out since his initial diagnosis in 2004 showed either negative or indeterminable results – which he was unaware of until he requested his medical  records last year.

…Russell’s doctors [n]ever viewed these subsequent results and only relied on the one and only positive test.

Need I comment?

[Source: Daily Mail]

Poetic justice?

While it would be some sort of poetic justice for a rapist to acquire an infection called HIV from his victim, in this case, for the accused to be certain of HIV-positivity he would need to have a pertinent health risk. And he does.

‘He was arrested and interviewed and said he had been drinking heavily, taken cocaine and ecstasy and could not recall the incident,’ he added.

…he started using cannabis at the age of nine, drinking heavily at the age of 11, became addicted to ecstasy and cocaine at 13 and was put in care the following year.

…Thomas will not find out the result of his HIV test until Friday and has had the worry of the outcome hanging over him.

The rapist, like his accuser, are the victims of circumstance.

[Source: Daily Mail]