SYDNEY: Many of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine were heading to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, officials said Friday.
Leading AIDS researcher and former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange is thought to have been on the flight that US officials believe was hit by a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board.
Normally I would give some kind of introduction to a story as ridiculous as this, but there’s really no need in this case. After I read it I was literally speechless. My first thought was it was something from a satire site, only it wasn’t at all funny.
In Minnesota, Republican candidate Bob Frey is running for the seat in house district 47A. And it seems Frey has quite the “scientific” beliefs when it comes to what causes, and ultimately spreads, AIDS.
Frey said, “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS - acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”
It seems he might have gotten this absurd theory from his son Mike, who testified to this “fact” in an argument against gay marriage last year.
Apparently “traditional sex” is immune to this “science.” And who knew only men were able spread the AIDS virus?
And oral? Well, we won’t even get into that.
There really aren’t words to describe how insane someone really would have to be in order to believe such nonsense. The AIDS virus, and how it’s spread, isn’t a “scientific theory.”
Next week, Frey will enlighten us about phlogiston theory and geocentric astonomy.
A newly apportioned state Republican representative in Wyoming is standing by claims he made at the height of the AIDS panic in a book entitled The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety.
Among the more outlandish claims in the book, which was self-published by Rep. Troy Mader (R-Gillette) in 1984, are that “[h]omosexuals…purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population,” and that “[m]any homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.”
This is incredibly sad. The poor baby did nothing to deserve this. I hope they actually do find a cure and find it soon. The sooner they’re able to cure her, the greater the chance that they’ll save her life.
In this undated image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2005 Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric HIV expert at Johns Hopkins’ Child…
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.
Doctors revealed the case Wednesday at an AIDS conference in Boston. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi. That was a medical first that led doctors worldwide to rethink how fast and hard to treat infants born with HIV, and the California doctors followed that example.
In another AIDS-related development, scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of a dozen adults to help them resist HIV. The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control, a form of cure. That study was published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
I have to thank Amanda at Skepchicks for alerting me to this
Over at Skepchicks, Rebecca Watson talks about Myles Power, who’s channel, it seems was false DMCA’d by AIDS denialists. AIDS Denialists are group of people who deny that HIV causes AIDS, and discourage people with HIV/AIDS from taking their medication. People like this just make me so angry.
Here’s a link to the petition she mentions here.
This is not going to be good at all. These pastors probably couldn’t tell if they actually healed someone to save their own lives. I’m not really completely anti religion, however some of these poor, ignorant, and probably desperate people may die much sooner now thanks to these “faith healers,” who have convinced them that they’ve been cured, when they really haven’t.
NAIROBI, Kenya — At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured.
The “cure” is not free, and some people say they shell out their life savings to receive a miracle blessing and quit taking the drugs.
“I believe people can be healed of all kinds of sickness, including HIV, through prayers,” said Pastor Joseph Maina of Agmo Prayer Mountain, a Pentecostal church on the outskirts of Nairobi. “We usually guide them. We don’t ask for money, but we ask them to leave some seed money that they please.”
And just as I would have expected, unfortunately,
But the controversial ceremonies are raising red flags as believers’ conditions worsen, and a debate has opened over whether science or religion should take the lead in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.
Scientists have long known that HIV sets up little biological factories inside the the body’s protective CD-4 T cells they infect, producing millions of copies that eventually lead to a massive destruction of the immune system. Until now, investigators have not understood why the virus becomes so aggressive.
It turns out HIV, which infects only a small number of T cells at the start, destroys approximately 95 percent of immune cells through a process known as the bystander effect.
Warner Greene, head of virology and immunology at the Gladstone Institutes in California, says bystander cells that are in the neighborhood of HIV-infected cells succumb to a fiery death.
“Most CD4-T cells during HIV infection die not because of the toxic effect of the virus, but because of an immune response against the virus. So, CD4 cell depletion is more of a suicide than a murder,” said Greene.
Today is AIDs Walk day in LA - time to get your walk on for a good cause while thumbing your nose at anti-science zealots and conspiracy theorists like Pat Roberts.
Pat Robertson cites a discredited conspiracy theory about AIDS and the polio vaccine
A Queensland Institute of Medical Research scientist has developed a way to use HIV to beat HIV in the laboratory.
Associate Professor David Harrich, from QIMR’s Molecular Virology Laboratory, has determined how to modify a protein in the virus, so that it instead provides strong, lasting protection from infection.
“This is like fighting fire with fire,” Associate Professor Harrich said.
“If this research continues down its strong path, and bear in mind there are a many hurdles to clear, we’re looking at a cure for AIDS.”
At least seven nude protesters stormed House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office in the Longworth House Office Building on Tuesday, according to reports from Sahil Kapur of Talking Points Memo and others who were there. The group was protesting cuts to HIV/AIDS funding that is possible as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations.
I love civil disobedience that causes enough outrage to get your/the media’s attention, but leaves no lasting damage.