The YouTube channel Question Everything (worth bookmarking/subscribing) has been granted permission to showcase the recent 30min documentary Positive Hell. A French subtitled version will be available soon.
You can also see Positively False which has previously been made available.
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In recognising that AIDS is often diagnosed late in the black community of Britain, the Do It London campaign will, for the first time, have a presence at the Notting Hill Carnival, which is an annual event that celebrates Caribbean culture and was originally started nearly 50yrs ago.
AIDS being diagnosed late in black people of all origin is due to a reticence to test. Hence when an AIDS-defining illness is found in a black person and they unfortunately then test positive for HIV, they are said to have AIDS and could’ve avoided illness by earlier testing and treatment. Yet if one is monogamous and not using injected drugs it’s understandable as to why one would ignore HIV testing.
The Do It London campaign appearing exclusively at an event that promotes Caribbean culture insinuates that black people are not only ignorant of testing but are the most likely to carry and spread HIV and AIDS.
The Guardian has an interesting recent article which, as ever, can be viewed from the lens of Rethinking. Here’s some quotes to consider:
…While a Missouri judge found Johnson guilty, the court actually never produced any evidence that he had any intent on exposing the his partner(s) to HIV, nor could they prove that the partners who testified against Johnson became positive due to sex with him.
…At his sentencing hearing in May, 30 videos of him engaging in sex were shown to the jury – many of which showed him engaging in behaviors where HIV transmission risk is low. The prosecution used these to get a harsh sentencing of Johnson. But while the videos do show him having sex, they do not necessarily prove that he didn’t disclose his status – Johnson testified he did with some partners.
Johnson is a gay black man, so the inference is that he’s likely to be doubly negligible.
…Ninety-two percent of new HIV infections occur from people who do not know their status or are not on treatment, according to a February 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you get infections from alleged sources that turn out to be negative, then what?
…That is some messed up logic, especially when the judge literally threw Johnson’s life away on speculation: both about what he knew and when, and about how the disease will affect the lives of his former partners. Missouri HIV criminalization laws can be applied to cases involving sex, and to cases of spitting while positive – which is a virtually impossible way to acquire HIV. But who needs science?
Yes, who needs science?
…The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it hasn’t bent nearly far enough for bodies that are black and queer.
If you’re a homosexual black man you’re not dissimilar to a woman who has to be thrown into the water to prove she is not a witch.
…The hospital argued that the Japanese company had made arrangements and payment only for rapid ELISA test, which has an element of error. (emphasis added) [The New Indian Express]
With no gold standard for HIV testing, ‘an element of error’ is a serious understatement.
Hertfordshire Mercury has reported about a woman who lost her appetite following a head injury which resultantly impacted on her immune system. She came to test HIV+ so her malnutrition/AID was reframed as HIV/AID. (S has been omitted intentionally here as we don’t know if she presented any HIV/AIDS-defining illness)
The (likely black) woman was also told that she was lucky to have been diagnosed as she only had 3 months to live, despite feeling well when nourished and believing she acquired that status 10yrs before diagnosis. Furthermore, she attributes HIV to making her feel ‘sleepy and dozy’ rather than the medication she is undoubtedly on.
”Over the course of a few weeks, I spiraled [sic] from a well-adjusted, sexual college woman into someone who was ready to take her own life over a disease she didn’t have”. Zoë Ligon, 23.
…Though Zoë’s ELISA indicated that there were antibodies in her system, the western blot did not. The PCR also showed that there was no HIV in her blood.
…a false-positive typically only occurs when a person has an autoimmune disease, rabies, or Hepatitis B, or if a woman is pregnant [emphasis added] – and none of those things applied to Zoë.
…While she was hugely relieved, Zoë’s ordeal was a wake-up call…
Ms Ligon was fortunate to have a doctor who investigated further when in most cases HIV+ is stamped once with a branding iron. But were she ‘certainly’ HIV+, she would be incorrectly treated for a benign marker or a marker of some other illness.
[Source: Daily Mail]
Reuters reports on a new study which connects HIV-positivity with societal issues. Unfortunately, the virus hypothesis is not divorced.
In unrelated news, a video has recently appeared online in which Dr Peter Gotzsche of the Nordic Cochrane Centre (Cochrane produces detailed reports on all the literature available on a subject) condemns mammography as being a risky procedure which provides little benefit. Gotzche shares an experience with Peter Duesberg in regards to censorship of an article:
In 2006 a paper by Gøtzsche on mammography screening was electronically published in the European Journal of Cancer ahead of print. The journal later removed the paper completely from the journal website without any formal retraction. The paper was later published in Danish Medical Bulletin with a short note from the editor, and Gøtzsche and his co-authors commented on the unilateral retraction that the authors were not involved in.
Additionally, Rethinking AIDS President, David Crowe, has interviewed Gotzsche previously. Listen here.