HIV-Positive Woman Whose Daughter Allegedly Died of AIDS-Related Causes Without Having HIV Test Appears on TV to Plead Case
December 9, 2005
An HIV-positive woman whose daughter allegedly died of AIDS-related pneumonia appeared on ABCNews' "Primetime" on Thursday to defend her reasons for not testing her daughter for HIV, maintaining that she died of an allergic reaction to antibiotics, the Los Angeles Times reports (Costello/Ornstein, Los Angeles Times, 12/9). Christine Maggiore, who has tested HIV-positive and breastfed both of her children, does not believe that HIV causes AIDS and is the founder of Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives, a not-for-profit organization that challenges "common assumptions" about AIDS. Maggiore was investigated for possible child endangerment after her three-year-old daughter, Eliza Jane Scovill, died in May of what the Los Angeles County coroner said was AIDS-related pneumonia; however, Maggiore has retained custody of her eight-year-old son. Prior to the girl's death, her parents did not have her or her brother tested for HIV. Three results from tests conducted earlier this year showed that the boy is HIV-negative. Maggiore said her daughter's death has not changed her views on HIV, and she and her husband, Robin Scovill, have questioned the coroner's findings. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the parents on possible criminal charges for their handling of their daughter's health care (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/30). The Medical Board of California is investigating the care provided by three doctors to Eliza Jane in the weeks preceding her death. Both agencies on Thursday said it is too early to comment on or release their findings.
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