The right to information of people diagnosed HIV positive and with AIDS
Informed consent and free therapeutic choice are fundamental human rights

By Mark Griffiths

First and foremost, common sense should be guiding the research for the multiple factors which cause immune deficiency. At present, the United States alone has spent more than $100 billion dollars fruitlessly on AIDS viral research. The mortality due to AIDS on the whole of the African continent is less than for the United States! To quote the World Health Organisation: “The world’s biggest killer and the greatest cause of ill-health and suffering across the globe is extreme poverty”.

None of the texts published by the United Nations on AIDS and Human Rights acknowledge that the dogma “HIV = infectious disease = AIDS = death” is based on HYPOTHESES and not on publications which respect rigorous scientific method. The scientific publication or publications, which gave birth to this dogma and which authorise our international organisations to broadcast this point of view have never been revealed.

Patients from both the western and the third world, confronted with an AIDS diagnosis or the proposition of taking “anti-retroviral” treatments, have the right to know that:

AIDS from the point of view of a long-term survivor

The existence of long-term survivors with no official medical treatment is a phenomenon almost totally censored by the orthodoxy and the media. The discovery of my HIV-positivity in 1986 propelled me on a long journey of investigation and research. Today I can say that my conclusions are based on common sense; once the fear, stigmatisation and ignorance have been swept away by examining the facts in scientific literature, meeting other survivors around the globe and by collaborating with many scientists and health care professionals.

I received exceptional information within days of receiving the diagnosis in a private clinic in Switzerland where I was undergoing treatment for Heroin addiction. A group of nurses told me that there were some HIV positives in the USA living in good health who had changed their diet, were doing sport and using meditation. (But please don’t tell the doctors!)

This information was a spark of hope which gave me a goal during the next three years of hell following the diagnosis. It was at Geneva in 1989 that I first met two people from the USA who had recovered their health after serious AIDS pathologies. At this time I also discovered the writings of many health practitioners who had worked since the beginning of the 1980s on a multi causal approach to immune deficiency. In 1990 I discovered publications by Professor Peter Duesberg, discoverer of the genetic map for retrovirus, member of the National Academy of Science and recipient of the best researcher award from this academy. In 1987 the journal “Cancer” published an article by him which dared to challenge the role of retrovirus in human pathologies, in both Cancer and AIDS.

Since this period, I have been asking: “where does our information concerning AIDS come from and who is responsible for condemning a person to sickness and death, with no hope of a successful treatment?” All on the basis of a non-specific test for a virus which has not been isolated! In this optic I started my work in 1990 as journalist, detective, archivist and activist.

Today (December 2003) I am starting legal proceedings against a “test” manufacturer for “false diagnosis” and the resulting moral prejudice that I and thousands or millions of others have suffered. For the principle, to create a precedent and for the truth.

Although legal procedure differs from country to country, I would be delighted to receive signatures of support from other organisations around the world, and offer support and information to others wishing to challenge the validity of an AIDS test via our legal systems.

Challenging the religious dogma of HIV/AIDS through our legal and human rights is one way forward.

I am convinced that historians will describe the AIDS era as “the blackest page in medical history” and “the greatest medical and scientific tragedy of our epoch”.

These are my conclusions

Mark Griffiths for « People With AIDS »

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