AIDS conspiracy theories

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A number of conspiracy theories, man-made origin theories and alternative origin theories exist surrounding the worldwide AIDS epidemic. Some scientists and others have theorized that AIDS is a man-made disease. These theories generally state that the disease was meant to deliberately wipe out a certain segment of the population in an act of genocide and/or was created as biowarfare research. Others have theorized alternative natural or accidental origins for the disease. These theories have met with little or no acceptance among the medical community.

  • Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, along with other prominent members of the ruling African National Congress party, has argued that AIDS is the result of poverty, chronic disease, malnutrition and other environmental factors. Mbeki drew on the ideas of AIDS dissidents, such as Peter Duesberg, who have argued that HIV does not cause AIDS.
  • Edward Hooper, author of The River, proposes that HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is an evolution of SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus), a virus found in the chimpanzee. Furthermore, he lays blame on Dr. Hilary Kaprowski - a Polish-born virologist working for Philadelphia's Wistar research institute - who used hastily-concocted chimpanzee kidney culture medium from a Stanleyville research laboratory to create a million doses of oral polio vaccine for a mass vaccination program in the Belgian Congo. He points out inconsistencies in what Kaprowski and his team said they did, and what workers in Kaprowski's labs and at his chimpanzee research camp said was done; he also implicates pharmaceutical industry pressure and Kaprowski's single-minded drive to beat Drs. Salk and Sabin to have the first commercially-available polio vaccine as contributing factors to the outbreak. Though Hooper's research was formally shot down during a 2000 British medical conference, the 2004 documentary The Origins Of AIDS once again focused attention on this theory. Also see: OPV AIDS hypothesis
  • Jakob Segal, a biology professor at Humboldt University in the former East Germany, proposes that HIV was engineered at a U.S. military laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland by splicing together two other viruses, Visna and HTLV-1. According to his theory, the new virus, created between 1977 and 1978, was tested on prison inmates who had volunteered for the experiment in exchange for early release. It was through these prisoners that the virus was spread to the population at large, starting with the gay community. Segal was accused of being a Soviet disinformation agent by KGB defector Vasili Mitrokhin.
  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai reportedly believes that the biological agent causing AIDS is not natural. ""In fact it (the HIV virus) is created by a scientist for biological warfare." [1] (http://www.time.com/time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901041018-713166,00.html).
  • Cold War Propaganda: Some theorists argue the Soviet Union planted disinformation suggesting the CIA or other agencies created AIDS, in a plot to destabilize the Western world. They believe this claim was originally disseminated in the West by KGB agents seeking to undermine the faith of citizens in their own government (see: propaganda, black propaganda, disinformation). According to KGB defector Vasili Mitrokhin, the KGB originated the claim through an East German physicist, Jakob Segal, in the mid 1980s (see the Mitrokhin Archive, 1999 page 319). Mikhail Gorbachev once purportedly stated his regrets that the KGB had planted and actively supported such stories in the Western world.
  • Matilde Krim, a cancer virologist, AIDS expert, and the co-chairperson of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, has also suggested that Dr. Wolf Szmuness' hepatitis B vaccination experiments of the late 70's caused the AIDS epidemic. Unlike Cantwell, however, she attributes this to accident rather than conspiracy.
  • Dr. William C. Douglas, among others, believes that the World Health Organization created the AIDS epidemic by administering contaminated smallpox vaccines to people in third world countries--including African locations--between 1966 and 1977. Dr. Robert Gallo, famous for isolating HIV, lent conditional credence to this theory when he said, "the link between the World Health Organization vaccination program and the [AIDS] epidemic in Africa is an interesting and important hypothesis. I cannot say that it actually happened, but I have been saying for some years that the use of live vaccines such as that used for smallpox can activate a dormant infection such as HIV".
  • Dr. Boyd E. Graves postulates that AIDS was the culmination of biowarfare research conducted by the U.S. Government (and later, by the Soviet government) throughout the 20th century. He believes AIDS was developed and proliferated for the primary purpose of wiping out blacks, homosexuals, and other social groups considered to be "excess population." Dr. Graves has also suggested that Gulf War syndrome may be related to AIDS which was spread by contaminating soldiers with vaccines, and that an effective cure for AIDS has already been developed and patented but is being withheld. The evidence Graves cites that AIDS was developed in U.S. was based on a 1971 Special Virus Cancer Flow Chart that he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Graves claims to have contracted AIDS, but was cured by a single injection of Tetrasilver Tetroxide (Ag404) - NOT colloidal silver (see U.S. Patent #5,676,977 "Method of curing AIDS with tetrasilver tetroxide molecular crystal devices" held by Marantech - see www.marantech.com/testdata.htm for results of in vitro testing). Graves, however, admits his diagnosis may have been a false positive. However, the claims made in the patent have not been investigated by any mainstream scientific body.
  • Dr. Gary Glum claims in his book Full Disclosure, that he received top secret information that AIDS was made in the laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, New York. The virus was spread by putting the AIDS viruses into the smallpox eradication program by the World Health Organization, and that AIDS did not exist before 1978. AIDS, he claims, was created for population control--especially of Blacks, Asians, and other colored people. The people who control the project were people known as the Olympians (another name for the Illuminati), who are also supporting eugenics. Organizations such as Red Cross are, according to Glum, complicit in the conspiracy by not testing blood properly. Glum reports that AIDS can be transmitted through kissing, mosquito bites and casual contact.
Glum claims a number of substances are valuable in preventing or treating aids: (1) Licorice extract taken in large amounts; (2) a lecithin mixture called AL 271 or x-plaque;(3) Essiac Tea, an Indian folk medicine Glum claims can also treat cancer; (4) an olive leaf extract (5) oleuropein; (6) allantoin.
Glum reports that Upjohn Pharmaceuticals tested a number of substances that can treat AIDS, but that the results have been suppressed. Much of Glum's evidence is based upon anecdotal claims, and critics have reported a complete absence of medical evidence to support his claims.
  • Dr. Hulda Clark claims to be able to cure AIDS and many other diseases, contrary to the medical establishment. The AIDS conspiracy alleged against her is that the medical establishment seeks to suppress her theories and cures, now offered in Tijuana, Mexico. [2] (http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Cancer/clark.html)

Other conspiracy theorists claim that the U.S. Government has an established history of performing experiments on its own citizens without their knowledge or consent. They argue that the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male and MKULTRA demonstrate a willingness and capability to mount a large scale, covert biowarfare campaign. Conspiracy theorists of this persuasion sometimes attempt to bolster their cases for one conspiracy theory by appeals to the existence of other conspiracies, such as chemtrail theory.

Other HIV/AIDS related articles in Wikipedia
HIV | AIDS
HIV test | Antiretroviral drug | HIV vaccine
AIDS in Africa | AIDS in Latin America | AIDS in the United States
Treatment Action Campaign | XV International AIDS Conference, 2004 | International AIDS Society
World AIDS Day | List of AIDS-related topics |Timeline of AIDS
AIDS myths and urban legends | AIDS conspiracy theories | OPV AIDS hypothesis
Scientific Reappraisal of HIV-AIDS Hypothesis | Duesberg hypothesis
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt | List of HIV-positive individuals

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