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HIV Advocates Share Outrage About Maher Interview With Charlie Sheen Doc Touting 'AIDS Cure'

February 3, 2016

Samir Chachoua and Bill Maher

Comedian and political pundit Bill Maher is known for ruffling feathers. But after his recent interview with the Australian doctor who claimed to have cured actor Charlie Sheen of HIV, many in the HIV community are saying he's gone too far.

Maher invited Samir Chachoua, M.B.B.S., to discuss the alternative therapy treatment that Chachoua claims cures cancer and AIDS. The approach is simple: Just drink milk from an arthritic dairy goat.

"As a researcher, the easiest way to find a cure for something or treatment is to look where the disease should be but isn't. I found a place in Mexico with all the IV drug users, prostitutes -- all the high-profile things that are necessary for AIDS -- but I did not find AIDS," Chachoua said. "What I found was people there were drinking milk from goats, which had arthritis. These goats have a virus that's called CAEV, and this virus destroys HIV and protects people who drink it for life."

Chachoua did not go into detail about how the goat milk actually "cures" HIV or AIDS. Nor did he explain why Sheen is still HIV positive if in fact he was "cured." Nor did he explain that HIV has never been cured (with the exception of the one, so far unduplicable case of Timothy Ray Brown).

What had many confused was that Maher did not explore any of these issues. Instead, Maher championed Chachoua's outsider position -- comparing him to scientific leaders like Jonas Salk and Louis Pasteur. Maher also praised Chachoua for injecting himself with Charlie Sheen's blood.

"You took Charlie's blood when he was HIV positive and injected it into yourself, and Dr. Oz says, 'That is very inappropriate.' What I thought was, 'That is confident.'"

"People are going to attack me just for having you on," Maher said to Chachoua during the interview.

And they did.

I watch bill Maher and often admire his self satisfaction as an iconoclast. However this segment with Samir Charchoua ...

Posted by Hal Rubenstein on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I wrote my doctor, Dr Judith Currier at the UCLA Care Center regarding the Bill Maher, Charlie Sheen and his quack ...

Posted by Sherri Lewis on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Chachoua has been an outsider for decades in the world of research and medicine. He is not licensed anywhere in the United States and his credentials as a physician have not been verified anywhere. Even in Mexico where he is based, Chachoua is seen more as an enemy than an ally.

While Maher and his production team didn't do the work of researching Chachoua and his many claims, HIV activist Peter Staley did.

Red alert, red alert. I'm hearing Bill Maher went off the rails tonight by interviewing and praising the quack "doctor" ...

Posted by Peter Staley on Friday, January 29, 2016

[Maher] has a history of AIDS denialism ...

Posted by Peter Staley on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Have you heard how much Chachoua charges for his "cure"??? Here's just one case against him from a now dead cancer patient ...

Posted by Peter Staley on Saturday, January 30, 2016

The $10 million case that "Doctor" Sam Chachoua claims he won from L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was another lie ...

Posted by Peter Staley on Saturday, January 30, 2016

Althea Fung is the community editor for For her thoughts on the health care industry, food and other random musing, check out her personal website, follow her on Twitter or stalk her on Facebook.

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