Another one bites the bug?

Forgive me if you’ve read one like this before, but it shows that social responses to HIV are no different to fear of black cats, walking under ladders and the number 13.

 In a bizarre incident, an HIV infected man, wanted in connection with several criminal cases, bit two policemen when they went to arrest him near here, police said today.

…The bitten policemen were rushed to the medical college hospital here and administered preventive medicines, police said. 

Examination of the medical reports of the man showed that he had tested HIV positive years back and was a drug addict [emphasis added]. He was later produced in a local court and remanded to judicial custody. 

I repeat: how do you spread viruses from teeth when kissing is not known to cause HIV transmission? To be valid you need to prove there were bleeding gums, that they were profuse enough, and that the patient had enough ‘viral load’ to make spread likely.

[Source: Zee News]

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Blame AIDS on cocaine or subsequent ‘HIV’ infection?

[S]cientists collected blood from healthy human donors and isolated quiescent [inactive] CD4 T cells, and exposed them to cocaine and subsequently infected them with HIV. Following infection, researchers monitored the progression of HIV’s life cycle and compared this progression against that of untreated cells. They found that cocaine rendered this subset of CD4 T cells susceptible to HIV, resulting in significant infection and new virus production.

In other words, cocaine causes immunodeficiency.

“The co-epidemics of elicit drug use and infectious disease are well documented, though typically this connection is thought to occur through lifestyle choices and increased exposure,” said John Wherry, Ph.D., Deputy Editor of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. “What often does not come to mind is that drugs such as cocaine may be helping to fuel infections in this high-risk population by altering the immune system. [emph. added] These new studies are an important advance documenting how cocaine use may increase a person’s vulnerability to HIV and further highlighting the need for improved education for both HIV prevention and drug abstinence.”

For argument purposes, if we were to say that HIV exists and is pathogenic, it appears to not be within a strong immune system. This is consonant with previous commentary from Luc Montagnier.

[Source: ScienceDaily]