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does hiv cause aids/cofactors
Jun 6, 2007

I came across a "denialist film" hiv fact or fraud with duesberg/thomas/shyh ching lo's theorys and dont beleive it all but have some questions.

If hiv infection is spread evenly 50/50 why are 90% of aids cases male?

How can hiv cause so much destruction when it only infects 1 of hundred t cells and does not kill chimps?

What about dr. shyh ching lo's mycoplasma incognitus, he was able to culture and animals inoculated with it (mice and monkeys) died, this could be a cofactor with aids or cause diseases like CFS, he folfilled kochs postulates more than Gallo ever did. Doesnt the public have a right to hear these different viewpoints? thank you

Response from Dr. Wohl

It is as remarkable as it is tragic that with the actual isolation of the causitive organism, the mapping of its genome, the introduction of medications that are designed specifically to inhibit the action of this virus, the dramatic change in mortality with the widespread use of such medications and the loss of this benefit when these drugs are stopped or viral resistance is demonstrated some still doubt what is before their eyes - that HIV causes the immunologic deterioration that leads to AIDS.

In the most basic sense, such denial - and that is what it is, denial of fact - reflects plain ignorance and/or feeds self-promotion. At its worse, it kills, as it has in South Africa.

We KNOW that HIV comes in different flavors, called clades, and that these influence how the virus is transmitted. Some clades, such as those in Africa, are more effectively transmitted heterosexually from men to women and visa versa, while the type found in the US and Europe is more readily spread via sex between men and from men to women. Women in Africa die from AIDS - just like men. Don't believe it? Go there and watch. You will see for yourself.

There are many infections that harm one species but not another. This is actually quite common, if not the rule. This is why we can live around cats who have FIV.

I know nothing about mycoplasma incognitus and am happy that the public, like you, can learn all about this through films, books, lectures and the internet. There does not seem to be much of a lack of accessibility to such theories.

DW



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