"Reassess AIDS" Petition to United Methodist Church
Flash - Government proposes greatly expanding HIV testing and reducing informed consent!
Controversial drug trials, trouble at the NIH, Celia Farber Harper's article, and reaction.
"AIDS Tots Used As Guinea Pigs" Update.
What are the risks of AIDS chemotherapy for newborns and infants? The New York Times describes "chemotherapy fog" or cognitive deficits in cancer chemotherapy patients.
Web sites with concerns about current AIDS policy:
Scientists who have called for another look at AIDS science. Many resources - information on concerns with HIV tests and drug treatments, rebuttal to NIH defense of HIV theory, challenges to conventional AIDS ideas, and more.
There are many other web sites describing concerns with AIDS policies. Many are referenced or pointed to through the sites above.
Web sites that support current policy:
For information, contact:
Current AIDS policy is far from perfect:
With so many questions, and with so many people potentially affected, why shouldn't this policy be reexamined?This petition simply asks that we take another look at AIDS policy, open to all views, to see if we can do better for those who are sick and/or stigmatized.
If you were in the shoes of one of those 25 million Africans, wouldn't you want a second opinion?
The reality is that there are many concerns, questions and problems with current AIDS policy. The longer we try to avoid reality, the longer those who may have been mistakenly diagnosed or stigmatized will continue to suffer, with more millions added to their ranks.
"If you will, you can make me clean." Mark 1:40
One of the most common questions asked about the petition is this: "How could so many doctors and scientists be mistaken?"
First, the petition takes no position on current policy - it just asks for an open forum - all of the following are possible outcomes: (a) Current policy is the best we can do now; (b) Current policy is basically sound, but can be improved; (c) Current policy is deeply flawed. It is case (c) that causes difficulty for some people, a reluctance to confront the possibility that our policymakers may have erred. But confronting error and moving beyond is a basic mission of the Church.
Second, most doctors and researchers are simply following the lead of a few key researchers and policymakers, a situation that is not unique to AIDS.
Third, sadly, medical science has made mistakes in the past, and has a special knack for confusing illnesses cased by malnutrition or toxins with those caused by microbes. Examples include pellagra, scurvy and SMON, all at one time mistakenly blamed on microbes.
Another question is, "Why not let the scientists sort this out" or, "Haven't these questions already been answered?"
None of the scientists in the references on the left would agree that these questions have been answered, or even dealt with. Check the link on the right about "Difficulties encountered by dissenters". As for letting scientists sort things out, it took Australian scientists over ten years to get published a simple chart (click on link to view chart and explanation) that shows the widely differing criteria for a positive HIV result around the globe.
We welcome questions or comments (please remember we are unfunded volunteers):
AIDS Policy Concerns:
To provide background information on the petition.