Friends in America, be in with a chance to win a paperback of Positively False – 16th Anniversary Edition

If you haven’t yet bought a copy of the second edition of Positively False (why not?!), you might be in luck if you’re a US resident.

IRF is giving away 5 copies of the paperback (with free delivery) to every lucky 7th entrant who also follows IRF’s shiny new Twitter account: @immunityorguk

To enter, just click this link (your name and address will not be shared with us as are handling the specifics), and if you’re lucky you’ll have one of the best books of 2015 through your letterbox…

The draw ends on March 3. Spread the word.


Familiarity stupidity from orthodoxy defenders over dissident event in London

Though the Frontline Club is a small venue we were happy to see bums on all seats for the showing of Positive Hell and the ensuing discussion which was followed by the signing of the new edition of Positively False. A good lot of books were shifted that day.

Yes, the book is self-published because when the book was mainstream published nearly 2 decades ago the orthodoxy stood-down Joan in promotional attempts which turned a hot potato into a cold one that no publisher interested in making money would touch. There are self-published books that promote the orthodoxy too.

We had been aware of some complaints for this screening (it was a public invite-only event and thus not backed or publicised by the Frontline Club – though there seems to have been a bit of paranoia on social media as to why panel members were photographed seated next to a vinyl blind with the FC logo [answer: because it’s just part of the furniture; it can be seen at all FC events].

A few prominent British critics of dissidents persist in using the term ‘AIDS denialists’ even though there have been attempts at educating them on the correct, albeit less sound-bite-y, terminology of ‘HIV sceptics’. The view promoted at the event was not of denying AIDS but of questioning the existence or pathogenicity of HIV as the cause. The trigger not the outcome is the focus. As an analogy, one who questions the cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease is not a heart disease denier, and that is not commonly misunderstood.

Ironic among our sceptics is the (otherwise deserved) champion of free speech Simon L. Singh who tweeted that the event was “disgraceful” and should be “cancelled”. He fought against the British Chiropractic Association who sued him for libel in an obvious attempt to silence his critiques. While no one commands Singh to support AIDS dissent, surely he should be uniform in championing free speech by allowing us to say what we want (and in return people can say what they want about us)? Is it not condescending to brush our audience as stupid and in need of having to be curated on what they should and should not see? (If it matters, children do not turn up at FC events) There were a few people who attended and left during an introductory speech – they made their mind up (from our view, prematurely), fine. No one was forced to our event and no one was discouraged from differing or arguing with us.

Ben Goldacre (and it should not surprise him that he is actually respected by many AIDS dissidents on other matters) also seems to have not done his homework by asking the Frontline Club if they were ashamed of themselves. But even if our event was an official FC event we would still fall under their ethos of ‘exists to promote freedom of expression and support journalists’ – and the event was created by the recipient of both a Medical Journalists Association and Royal Television Society award for her Channel 4 documentaries questioning AIDS. All Goldacre had to do was visit the FC site. If our event was blessed by them, they would have advertised us on their site. As a private event we were treated like all private events – we get the venue but we must promote it ourselves. Part of this undertaking was due to influenced pressure on the student union at SOAS to cancel a showing of the film I Will Not Go Quietly in 2014. Goldacre, like Singh, also thinks free speech is worth defending in some cases, but in others not:

The core of AIDS dissidents not only find 3 decades of failure timely, but none of us seek to force people off ARVs or to engage in base racism or homophobia. There is nothing fascist in the approach of AIDS dissidence. On the contrary, none of us have censored or physically abused proponents of the orthodoxy.

Because of the common life and death defining of AIDS it’s not particularly surprising that people – yes, most people – would think that anyone on the other side of those defined as heroes would be classed as villains. But many times in history it has been premature to call a cause noble without more information. While there is a healthy public culture of scepticism in regards to stereotypical politics, most people seem to have a misplaced respect for any scientific edict, holding it in much higher regard than they should. The arguments we have may not win currently in terms of subscribers, but what we have seriously irks an orthodoxy that has engaged in nearly 31 years of obvious failure. We do not oppose the people that dislike us, we have good grounds to think their sincerely held theory is bankrupt and represents a form of slow-genocide. They may disagree, but if they are so certain, they do not need to ever silence us. Silence is the weapon when debunking is falling flat. Even if they have to repeat themselves they should do so always rather than slap a red tape on our mouths.

The truth is that HIV has no proven pathogenicity (indeed, isolation) and no cure. If these conditions can be proved, then, and only then, will we be obliged to disappear.

Read the updated edition of Positively False on your Kindle now

The Kindle version of the 16th Anniversary Edition of Positively False is on sale from today – search your local Amazon site. The paperback version is, unfortunately, not available in some territories (e.g. Canada), so you will have to use the next nearest site.

The launch event for the book and the UK premiere of Positive Hell is tomorrow (5 Feb) at London’s Frontline Club (13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ). [Google Street View] It is a short walk from Paddington rail/tube station, and opposite the main arch entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital (there may be a bus strike on this day, otherwise the bus stops for St. Mary’s Hospital land you almost directly at the venue).
There is still time to register for the event by contacting Joan Shenton via the contact button on this site.

The schedule for the evening is:
6:30pm: Drinks and canapés
7:00pm: Screening of Positive Hell (30 mins)
7:30pm: Panel discussion and book signing (although previously announced, DVD copies of Positive Hell will not be available to purchase but it will be available for download at a later date) [cash and card accepted]

The panel discussion will feature:
Joan Shenton – author and narrator
Dr. Christian Fiala – specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology
David Crowe – President of Rethinking AIDS
Dr Claus Koehnlein – specialist in internal medicine

Moderators are journalists Celia Farber and Neville Hodgkinson

Positively False + Positive Hell, paperback and London screening details

The paperback of the 16th Anniversary Edition of Positively False will be available from 14 January 2015. Search your local Amazon site or stay tuned to the dedicated site for links.

The dual launch event for the Kindle edition (out 4 February 2015, available for pre-order now) and the UK premiere of the short film Positive Hell will be at London’s Frontline Club on 5 February at 7pm. Refreshments will be available at 6.30pm.

The limited-capacity venue is in Paddington (a short walk from the tube station), opposite the main arch entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital.

After the screening signed copies of the paperback and film will be available. There will also be a discussion featuring veteran AIDS dissidents which will be moderated by journalists Celia Farber and Neville Hodgkinson. Positive Hell director Andi Reiss will also be at the event.

For admission please contact Joan Shenton via the button above on this site.

Positively False: 16th Anniversary Edition, Kindle eBook available for pre-order now.

IRF is proud to announce that the Amazon Kindle eBook edition of Joan Shenton’s Positively False: Exposing the Myths around HIV and AIDS – 16th Anniversary Edition is now available internationally for pre-order for download on 4 February 2015 via the following links.


The book features the original 1998 text, the script of 2014 documentary Positive Hell, Peter Duesberg et al.’s withdrawn 2009 paper from Medical Hypotheses and updates and contributions from (alphabetically by surname):

Mohammed Aziz, Clark Baker, Nancy Banks, Henry H. Bauer, David Crowe, Elizabeth Ely, Celia Farber, Christian Fiala, Charles Geshekter, Roberto Giraldo, Mike Hersee, Neville Hodgkinson, Christine Johnson, Helen Lauer, John Lauritsen, Terry Michael, David Rasnick, Irina Sazonova, Liam Scheff and Manuel Garrido Sotelo.

A Kindle device is not necessary as Kindle purchases can also be read via web browser at [or your local site’s suffix, e.g.] and dedicated applications for Windows/Mac, many smartphones and tablets. Your card will not be charged by Amazon until the day of release.

The Amazon exclusive book now has a website at

If you prefer having a printed copy, a paperback edition will be released in late January 2015.

5 February 2015 will see a dual launch event for the book with the UK premiere of the 30 minute documentary Positive Hell at London’s Frontline Club in Paddington. Signed copies of the paperback and DVDs will be available and there will be a discussion moderated by and featuring veteran AIDS dissenters. See our press release for more details:

Coming soon: Reprint of Joan Shenton’s dissident Aids book Positively False

Joan Shenton’s 1998 book Positively False is to be republished independently before year-end-2014 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its release. The new edition will be exclusive to Amazon International and will be available in paperback and for Kindle.

The original text will be bolstered with a myriad of retrospective contributions from key dissidents, plus Peter Duesberg’s withdrawn 2009 paper and an adapted script of Joan’s latest short film Positive Hell.

The book is currently in production and will feature new artwork. Producer/editor and IRF blogger, Mo Aziz says:

Positively False is being rebuilt from the ground up because original publisher I.B. Tauris no longer has the original manuscript files to create the book from, and the manuscript which Joan had was unedited, unformatted, unindexed and lacked in-file footnotes, and the new content needed shaping too.  …But most of it is now complete and it should be out before we have to really to call it a 16th anniversary edition.”

A dedicated website and more information will be available shortly.