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May 5, 2010

AIDS Denialist Ignored Scientific Misconduct Warnings

Controversial HIV scientist Peter Duesberg is being investigated at the University of California at Berkeley for ignoring warnings not to publish a paper refuting the effectiveness of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in treating HIV/AIDS, Nature reports. His paper also questioned estimates on the AIDS death toll in South Africa that resulted from a failure to make ARVs available.

Duesberg had submitted the paper early last year to the peer-reviewed Journal for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS). It was rejected. A reviewer noted that Deusberg had a conflict of interest and that the authors cherry-picked their sources and took quotations out of their original context. “This conduct is so egregious,” the reviewer wrote, “that if the present article were to be published, Duesberg et al. could well find themselves answering scientific misconduct charges.”

Which is what happened. Duesberg published the paper in July in Medical Hypothesis, which does not peer review submissions. But after receiving complaints, that journal reviewed the paper and withdrew it. According to Nature, Berkley opened a misconduct investigation, but details are unavailable until the case is concluded.

According to the article, Duesberg won acclaim in the 1970s for his work on cancer, but since then he has spent his career claiming that AIDS is caused by ARVs or environmental toxins, not HIV. In 2000, South African president Thabo Mbeki put Duesberg on a panel of advisers who deny that HIV causes AIDS. The result was a delay in the distribution of ARV drugs in South Africa, which studies estimate caused 330,000 premature deaths.

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Suyay, , 2011-08-02 04:18:25
At least someone did something to stop him this time. It's sad to say this but the denialism will we dead soon since all the members are geting suicided by not taking the drugs.

T.rex, Los Angeles, 2010-06-16 17:54:12
well, with the 300,000 that Duesberg supposedly killed, i think we can say are cancelled out by the 300,000 that AZT killed... Ooops... did i just go there? Millions of people the world over are healthy poz (without meds), yet, 98% of those who took AZT were dead within 4 years. What has changed? Granted, i'm not telling anyone not to take meds. If it gives you comfort to shill out money for the privilidge of toxifying yourself... Have at it!

tdog, bristol, 2010-06-16 07:29:01
Brit toronto...Fact there isnt any tests that actually show the virus,im not talking about protein or antibodies im talking the virus,please show me the proof? im not denying hiv but i do question the origins,imo the us government created it,and can end it when they choose to,pls re view the us special virus programmes

obmode, las vegas, 2010-05-27 20:01:18
H1N1 and HIV Tests "The false-positive result may appear in up to 112 days after the flu shot according to experts." - this report at (flutrackers dawt kahm)was issued from the Brazilian Government Ministry of Health just last week. everyone should be allowed to question hiv testing and research especially when people like donald rumsfeld become chairman of top selling hiv drug companies like gilead sciences, he got the patent for Atripla. think about it people.

Frederick Wright, Tampa, 2010-05-22 22:14:07
Jenny, I think it is wise for you to question science and Doctors, However somewhere in the middle is the truth and please don't feel like their is only one path to healing within these conditions some call AIDS, HIV or POZ for the pills have shown to work and questioning the Dose and the right safe Doses is still a personal evaluation with you and your Doctor. If no pills are working for you, Thank GOD and in the future if you need them .. than I advise you to take them and Thank God too.

Brit, Toronto, 2010-05-20 14:35:31
Jenny - FACT - there are tests that can detect HIV in the blood - the p24 antigen test detects an HIV protein and the NAAT test detects HIV RNA in the blood. Perhaps you should read scientifically sound and well researched articles rather than pseudoscience? As you are well after stopping your meds (with your doctor's knowledge I hope) it would be interesting to follow your blood work over the months and years to see how your CD4 count and viral load are doing.

Jenny, scotland, 2010-05-16 15:09:08
I have read all the comments on here and the ignorance of 99% of you is unbelievable. This guy had his funding cut , yet he still fights on for you people. Myself , since reading Karri Stokelys webpage and doing my own research , i quit all meds , have gone through my withdrawals and im alive and well . I use to be a drug user like Ozzy Ossbourne. You all should do the research yourself , there is no blood test in any clinic that i know of that can detect hiv without other factors. Fact.

Jennifer Huggans, San Francisco, 2010-05-14 13:38:17
Finally, down with Duesberg. These outrageous claims have only fed into mistrust of the same meds that have saved us!

Bako, , 2010-05-12 20:58:16
330,000 deaths? Is this not the equivalent of NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE?

Jerry, ST. PETERSBURG FL, 2010-05-12 20:49:26
If these drugs were not doing their job I wouldn't be alive today. I didn't have any t cells in 1997 and had most of the most threatning opertunist infections you could have at one time and still be alive. had they not started me even though it is looked down on today AZT I would not have even had a chance at starting to recover. Mind you I got a better dr. and he got me off azt and started me on a cocktail as soon as he had control of me. Imediately I started feeling alive again even though it

Tim K, Sacramento, 2010-05-12 17:51:26
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this scientist guy is an ignorant piece of work. AIDS is the progression of HIV, therefore, they're one in the same. Why is he even a professor at Berkeley? I was under the impression that Berkeley scientists and professors were of the utmost intelligence, not ignorance. Apparently I was mistaken.

Rob, Toronto, 2010-05-12 15:22:05
I have lived HIV+ and full blown AIDS for 25 years now. During those years, we have seen Duesberg put forward fundamentally off base principals,theories based on half truths for too long. In all these years of proving over and over again, how damaging he can be with his alternative theories... syphilis as the cause, meds and pharma conspiracies and more. Why on earth does this man even still have a license or even a position as professor in a university after so much damage being done.

Sam, Washington, 2010-05-07 19:57:15
Nutjob or not, history has shown us that it is NOT what we DO NOT KNOW that causes us harm. It is what we KNOW TO BE TRUE BUT ISN'T that will be our undoing. Put your subjective feelings aside and support objective science no matter how insane it appears.

Kenywi, Oakdale, Ca, 2010-05-06 12:53:30
How can this man live with himself? He is direction responcible for 330,000 deaths from his ignorance.

John D, DC, 2010-05-06 11:39:32
330,000 premature deaths - Seems to me he's guilty of more than just "Scientific Misconduct."

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