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Monday, June 08, 2009

AIDS: A Death Cult

by John Lauritsen
Gay and Lesbian Humanist
Winter 2003-2004

This article has been hard to write. I’ve taken a break from “AIDS” for several years, and, returning to the topic now, I’ve been in shock over what has been done to us. My opinions have not changed: I still regard “AIDS” as the greatest blunder and the greatest hoax in medical history – an epidemic of incompetence and an epidemic of lies.

As long as there has been “AIDS” there have been critics of the orthodox AIDS model: “AIDS dissidents”. For the most part our voices were silenced. As AIDS became a religion, a death cult – with sacred commodities, dogmas, rituals and sacrifices – any expression of scepticism was tantamount to blasphemy.

For this article I don’t intend to cover the waterfront, or go into the usual technobabble. Instead, I’ll go back to the very earliest AIDS assumptions, and show the kind of scepticism that ought to have been applied to them. I’ll try to analyse the basic “AIDS” concept in plain English, its contradictions and absurdities.


In 1981 five young men, all “active homosexuals” who were “previously healthy”, were diagnosed as having pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), which was then believed to be a rare disease caused by a protozoan. Shortly after this, a couple of dozen men, also active homosexuals, were diagnosed as having Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), which was then believed to be a rare form of cancer. Public health workers and physicians assumed that there must be a connection, and strained mightily to find one. One term bandied about was “gay-related immune deficiency”, or GRID.

After gay leaders objected to GRID, it was changed to “auto-immune deficiency syndrome” (AIDS); some people believed that the body might somehow be destroying its own immune system. When the folks at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) realised that the “auto-immune” bit was untenable, but the acronym had caught on, they changed it to “acquired immune deficiency syndrome”, even though nobody was sure what was meant by “acquired”.

Even at this early stage there was a deficiency of scepticism. The PCP organism is now thought to be a fungus, rather than a protozoan, and it is ubiquitous – present in the lungs of every human being in the world. Normally it coexists peacefully with human hosts, causing illness only in those in desperately poor health. How, therefore, could PCP be rare, since poor health has always been part of the human condition? The alleged rareness of PCP is merely an artefact of the difficulty in diagnosing it. If someone in the past stopped breathing – an old man at the end of his life or a heroin addict starving in a cold room – the diagnosis would simply be “pneumonia”, without reference to a micro-organism that had yet to be identified.

Kaposi’s sarcoma was then considered to be a cancer. Most of the gay men with KS received cancer chemotherapy, and they quickly died. It is now known, and has been publicly admitted by top public health officials, that KS is not a cancer, but a rather benign affliction of the blood vessels; KS is not caused by HIV, and is not in any way related to “immune deficiency”. The deaths of tens of thousands of gay men with KS were caused by toxic anti-cancer and anti-HIV drugs, not by KS itself. (See my poppers articles in the VirusMyth website for the case that nitrite inhalants are causing KS in gay men.)

The basic AIDS-concept, prior to 1984, was that something caused a condition of “immune deficiency”, which in turn caused PCP, KS and various other “AIDS-indicator diseases”. But here “immune deficiency” was defined in a way that was new and unprecedented: by counting CD4+ T lymphocytes, by computing T4/T8 ratios. By a miraculous coincidence, the technology for counting T-cells had been perfected just before the emergence of “AIDS”, which the world had allegedly never seen before. Later on, CD4 counts, rather than the health of the patient, would be the basis for evaluating the efficacy of AIDS drugs. It has been known since at least 1993 (when the results of the Concorde AZT study were published), and has been publicly admitted by public health officials, that the CD4 test is worthless; nevertheless, this worthless test is still being used to evaluate the alleged efficacy of toxic and worthless AIDS drugs.

The very earliest attempts by the CDC to formulate a surveillance definition for “AIDS” involved a process of elimination. If a “previously healthy” patient developed an AIDS-defining illness, as well as low CD4 counts, and there was no known cause of the “immune deficiency”, then he had AIDS. There are multiple fallacies involved here. For one thing, the early AIDS cases were by no means “previously healthy” – they had, in fact, been quite sick for a long time. Secondly, all of the early cases had multiple and severe health risks in their lives. Thirdly, there are innumerable ways to become seriously sick (or “immune-deficient”), and it is impossible to eliminate all of these.

In the early years, various hypotheses were advanced as to the nature and causes of AIDS. All this changed in 1984, when the US secretary of health announced at a press conference that the “probable cause of AIDS” had been found: HTLV-III (“human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III”, later renamed as “human immunodeficiency virus” or HIV). Though there was no evidence for the AIDS-virus hypothesis then, and there is none now, it became instant dogma. From 1984 on, AIDS could be discussed only in an “AIDS virus” context.

I witnessed this shift first-hand as a member of the New York Safer Sex Committee, which met in 1983-4 to formulate the first comprehensive set of risk-reduction guidelines. I fought hard to get, and succeeded in getting, the guidelines to address drug abuse. Our brochure, with cartoons by Harold Cruse, came right out and said, “Avoid drugs. Shooting up kills... Poppers are also dangerous.” In 1984 Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first and largest AIDS organisation, ordered our brochure suppressed and supplanted by its own, which treated risk reduction entirely in terms of avoiding a putative virus.


If HIV were the cause of “AIDS”, or any other form of illness, then there would be HIV infection in every case of the disease. This is the logic of Koch’s First Postulate, a standard test of whether an infectious agent causes a disease. Not only does HIV flunk Koch’s First Postulate, it has never been properly isolated. Although we all have seen pictures of HIV, these are merely artists’ renditions of what HIV is assumed to look like. In reality, it has never been seen through the electron microscope, and may not even exist in a cell-free, infectious form.

Amazingly, no-one has ever demonstrated HIV infection, even in a single case, using “infection” in the ordinary sense of the word. “Infection” implies a large amount of virus or microbe, and a high level of biochemical activity; there would be what’s known as “viremia”: the blood would be teeming with whole, cell-free, infectious viruses, hundreds of thousands to millions of them in every millilitre of blood. In fact, viremia has never been demonstrated.

Many people believe that the so-called “viral load” tests actually count whole viruses in the blood. This is not true, and the tests have been denounced by Kary Mullis, who ought to know, as he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for inventing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology on which they are based. According to Mullis, “Quantitative PCR is an oxymoron.”

Neither of the “HIV-antibody” tests – the Elisa and the Western Blot – has ever been properly validated, which means that no-one knows what their results mean. The tests are chemical reactions to antigens, which are substances that provoke an immune response. Many dozens of conditions can produce a positive result on these tests, including drug abuse, flu vaccinations, past infection with malaria, pregnancy and liver disease. Nevertheless, physicians still use these worthless tests, assume that positive results mean HIV infection and give their patients doom-diagnoses of “HIV-positive” or “AIDS”.

“AIDS” is not a coherent disease entity, which has ever been rationally defined, but rather a dubious and contradictory construct, which has changed radically several times. Originally, those with an “AIDS” diagnosis were close to death; now one can obtain the diagnosis without even being sick. When “AIDS” is deconstructed, one is left with 29 (at last count) extremely heterogeneous “AIDS-indicator diseases”, and can only say that different people are getting sick in different ways and for different reasons. For gay men, those reasons involve drugs (both “recreational” and pharmaceutical), alcoholism, venereal diseases and powerful psychological factors.

The various AIDS drugs are, without exception, toxic and worthless. It is not true that the protease inhibitor “cocktails” have caused AIDS deaths to drop: on the contrary, they are causing death and deformity in people who would otherwise be healthy. These drugs were approved on the basis of invalid and even fraudulent research; their alleged benefits are concocted by behind-the-scenes public relations firms, who feed their stories into popular media and medical journals.


I’m afraid that I have barely scratched the surface of the AIDS-dissident arguments, but this is not intended to be a long article. For those of you who would like to learn more, a good place to begin is the Internet. The largest AIDS-dissident website is based in Amsterdam. The HEAL Toronto website is especially valuable for its emphasis on the psychosocial aspects of the AIDS cult.

The book I co-edited with Ian Young, The AIDS Cult: Essays on the Gay Health Crisis, explores the irrationalism and psychological horror of the epidemic – medical voodoo – sadistic death threats met with masochistic death wishes. My earlier book, The AIDS War, contains my “dispatches from the front”, 1985 to 1993. Books by Peter Duesberg, Joan Shenton, Ian Young and Neville Hodgkinson are also recommended (see descriptions on the VirusMyth website).

It’s time for gay men to wake up, look at “AIDS” rationally and put an end to the sacrificial ritual. We didn’t deserve this, and we should no longer go along with it.

[NB: See responses to this article in the Spring 2004 edition of Gay and Lesbian Humanist].

© 2003 by John Lauritsen
Originally published at Gay and Lesbian Humanist


Anonymous said...

According to this article, "t has been known since at least 1993 (when the results of the Concorde AZT study were published), and has been publicly admitted by public health officials, that the CD4 test is worthless."

I'd be curious to see a reference to those public health officials' admission of such. Thanks.

Manu said...

What do you want to see? The youtube clip with them saying so on CNN? I don;t think they do that kind of thing. You can visit here, read all the material and draw your own conclusions.

I have personal experience that it is worthless. Everyone knows thay knocked that test on the head themselves when the Viral Load of crap test came into force. Since then we know that that test is worthless too.

Anonymous said...

Good technique for evading the question! Those links all reference the Concorde Trial, all very interesting but not really what I was asking about, which was an admission by a public health official (which to me means some sort of government representative rather than a random MD) that the CD4 test is worthless.

I understand and applaud your questioning of the official dogma, but I think it's also important to question one's own, no? If Lauritsen (and, by extension, you) are claiming that something has been publicly admitted then you should be able to back up that claim. Otherwise it becomes a vicious cycle of claims and counterclaims (He said, she said, etc) and that's not very useful to anyone.

And no, I'm not looking for a YouTube link; a reference to which public health official(s) and when and in what context they made the statement would be fine. Without such, I'll conclude that it's wishful thinking on Lauritsen's part.

Manu said...

I don't have to question anything I am not interested in questioning and that I am completely satisfied with on the strength of my personal experiences and observations and not because some bureaucrat has decided for me. John’s article is up on my blog because I agree with the broad message it send out. I don’t care about the technicalities of CD$ counts and viral loads and such nonsense.

What I do question however, is your total lack of understanding of my position here; that this whole AIDS circus means nothing. It's a fabrication. A fraud. It's on those grounds that I, at least, say that all related Church of HIV rituals are worthless, as they are an extension of a diagnosis based on a test that detects "nothing"; a worthless fraudulent test. I suppose you also question the fact that they are worthless too.

It's not my job to supply you with documents. If you want them you look for them. Did I ask you or anyone else for documents to look into this issue? No. I looked and found everything I needed to come to my conclusion myself. If you think I am going to be your personal document provider think again. If you want to believe that CD4 counts are an indication of anything, be my guest. Take a few HIV tests too. What do I care? I put the information I see fit out there and it’s up to you to look into it and find what you need to make a decision. This is a personal blog, not an encyclopaedia of official documents.

What makes you think I care, respect or believe anything just because it comes in official document form? I don’t. I encourage other people to do the same; we have all been lied to far too much for “officialdom” to have any credibility. If you need that information to convince you then you look for it. If you want me to help you because you are too dumb to find it yourself, then write to me in a less challenging and holy tone and I will consider doing so, though by your message I deduce this is nothing more than trying to get me engaged in scientific debate regarding the AIDS fraud, which, of course, I will always refuse to do.

Lies do not need scientific debate. They just need to be called lies.

Also I you want me to engage in any sort of debate or discussion taking my position into account, you should state who you are. Though I don't care much for this kind of public document worship some call debate, I like it even less when I find myself talking to faceless and nameless ghosts.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I came here as person still making up his mind about the situation, and was hoping that this blog might help me clarify it. I don't really want to debate AIDS theory or the value of the CD4 test here; I would, however, be interested in a response to my original question precisely because I haven't found anything where the CD4 tests have been "publicly admitted by public health officials" to be worthless. If that were actually true, it would help me to come to a conclusion more sympathetic to your own; from what I can see, though, it was an exaggeration on Lauritsen's part.

It strikes me as ironic that one of the complaints that I see consistently in dissident literature is that the AIDS establishment doesn't respond to their questions and that's precisely the situation here. Obviously, this is your forum and you can write what you please, but from the tone of the blog and of this exchange, it seems to me that rather than exposing the AIDS lie, you're just preaching to the converted.

As far as my name, what does it matter? It's David, though, if that makes me less of a ghost.

Dan said...

David said: I don't really want to debate AIDS theory or the value of the CD4 test here

Then David said: I would, however, be interested in a response to my original question precisely because I haven't found anything where the CD4 tests have been "publicly admitted by public health officials" to be worthless.

David, your first statement contradicts the second statement.

David also said: Actually, I came here as person still making up his mind about the situation, and was hoping that this blog might help me clarify it.

You smell disingenuous to me, David. Actually, you reek. Just another AIDS propagandist troll pretending to be "making up his mind".

Manu said...

Thanks Dan.
That's exactely my feeling on David. What a load of tosh!! LOL

David I don't care what you decide to believe. You have to live with that not me. What you decide and how is not my responsibility but yours.

If your posts were not such a glaring example of what dan termed: trolling, I would have deleted them. I will leave them as they are so entertainingly contradictory, false and badly argued, it's a good little personal metaphore of all the AIDS lie and those who still support it stand for.

Dan said...


regarding "David" and his ilk...

when somebody comes to a dissident blog/forum and claims to be "making up their mind", they might as well have "AIDS propagandist" tattooed across their forehead.

I'm of the mind these days that if somebody expects the dissidents to hold their hand as they try to figure things out... well, I'm not interested.

If they want to believe in the HIV/AIDS fantasy, complete with its inherent racism, homophobia and the contrived series of steps that can lead a healthy person to choke down body-deforming, liver-destroying drugs, fine. That's their choice. You've got to realize that if they're willing to believe in this fantasy, they've got a whole host of issues that they're unwilling to examine.

Manu said...

I totally agree. i just am not going to get into this kind of banter with those that need so much information to see that it's a joke. Just looking at the test disclaimers should be more than enough. The rest after goes straight into the "I NEED AIDS" zone.

I don't go there especially for people who resent having to say that they actually have a name.

I am just not interested. It's time to move on from this tiresome arena of pointless questions.

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