HIV can't explain AIDS

by Gordon Stewart, MD

I have since 1985 maintained that, independently of arguments about whether or not HIV exists and irrespectively of what it may or may not do if it does exist, the epidemiological trend of registered cases of AIDS in the USA and UK indicates that no single infectious agent can explain the origin, pathogenesis, and transmission of AIDS. This view of AIDS is now confirmed by the passage of time in most other developed countries, where there is no evidence of spread outside the original risk groups by heterosexual transmission in general populations. AIDS remains but only as a diminishing hazard in the original high-risk groups and those who share their hazards as partners or passive recipients, e.g., infants born to mothers addicted to mainline drugs.

In clinical terms, AIDS is mainly recognizable as a variable overload of infections, including STDs, which were, along with drugs like nitrites, the main reasons for bizarre, unmanageable symptoms and death among "fast track" gays of the 1980s and are now much less serious, largely because many responsible members of homo/bisexual and drug-using communities have recognized the realities better than the medical profession and health authorities who are obsessed with the dogma that HIV per se is the proven cause of AIDS. They therefore insist and persuade the public that we require a vaccine for prevention and a battery of toxic drugs for HIV, and pay scant if any regard to life-style and other determinants.

Meanwhile, repeated revisions of the definition of AIDS have accommodated paper expansions of registrations of AIDS enormously. This, together with fallacies in laboratory tests, explains some but not all of the tragic events attributed to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan and some other third world countries.

The rest of the tragedy urgently awaits independent investigation by persons with local knowledge of lifestyles and with matching facilities for comprehensive health care.

Stewart <G.Stewart@gifford.co.uk> is an emeritus epidemiology professor at Glasgow Univ. and a former African AIDS epidemiology expert with the United Nations who serves on the RA Board. He has published extensively on the topic in such journals as Lancet.