Fighting the Crime Known as ‘HIV Testing’

Hearing Resumes in HIV Misdiagnosis Suit

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Audrey Serrano received HIV treatments for almost nine years before receiving a stunning diagnosis: She never actually had the virus that causes AIDS.

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Testing is Dangerous

The Associated Press reports that a Boston woman who has been taking “Aids drugs” (that’s FDA Black-Box labeled drugs, to you and me), for years has been profoundly damaged by them.

And she’s been taking them for no reason, whatsoever: She was never really “Hiv positive.”

So why is she sick? Look up “FDA Black-Box drugs” for a short answer; it’s the designation for drugs that kill or permanently injure patients who take them. You can line that up against the Aids industry’s typical line, “Life-Saving Aids Drugs,” and see the truth ends and the lies begin.

So, “Hiv tests” are not accurate? And Aids drugs kill? Never heard that on “Queer as Folk.” But is it true?

Illness and death from “life-saving” drugs? Well, yes, that’s what the Black Box is for.

Tests that test for nothing? Well, yes, the tests test for nothing particular, and then everything else, too.

Among those able to test “positive” without being positive, according to the sanctified medical literature:

  • “Dogs, mice, babies, goats and cows, milkmaids, alcoholics, arthritics, moms, people with worms, ‘1,000 white suburban housewives,’ vaccine-recipients, drug addicts,” and then anyone else really, for “reasons that are unclear.”1

What then makes someone a “true positive” versus a “false positive?” Read the story. The doctor who gave the false diagnosis states that the Aids drug-damaged but “not really infected” woman “convinced” the doctor of her “positivity.”

How do you “convince” someone that you are infected?

With the actual, standardized, reproducible test result? Nope, no, clearly not. So then how?

With your behavior, your ethnic/sexual background, and your clinical history.

She convinced me that she was HIV (positive),” Lai [the doctor who gave the diagnosis] told the court, saying Serrano told her that she had worked as a prostitute, her partner also had AIDS and that she had suffered three bouts of a type of pneumonia that was typically associated with those infected by the virus.

What virus? What test is used to diagnosis infection? Certainly not the one used here…

Why is pneumonia associated with a “virus” (that can’t be tested for), that doesn’t cause pneumonia?

Because it’s easy to do, among certain people – the poor, drug addicts, the gay community, and now Blacks and Hispanics – to convince them (or, really, to convince ourselves), that anything and everything that’s wrong with them is caused by…sex.

So, it’s not the test that does it. It’s the perception of your behavior by the medical authority; your clinical history, your place of residence, and your sexual orientation.

You may be sick, with the same types of pneumonia that are “associated” with people who are given the “Aids” diagnosis, but if the doctor isn’t “convinced” that it’s your sex life that’s causing you to be occasionally ill…well, then, you’re just going to be treated for your pneumonia.

If the doc likes you for the “Aids risk group” (poor, minority, gay, African), then you are in for life. And when you die on the drugs, which you will do sooner or later, you’ve died of “Aids.”

Chalk one up for the Aids cabal. Every death is a validation for their scheme. Every survivor or person who rejects their drugs and their diagnosis is a “denialist.” Even when they live long and healthy lives. (Or, especially then).

But not Audrey Serrano, bless her soul. She’s wriggling out from under the mess, and standing up against the machine. I’m sure they’re shivering in their steel-toed boots, over at “Aidstruth.”

Is this the beginning of the end for the human rights violation and medical crime known as “HIV testing?” Stay tuned.

I Support Informed Consent in Medicine

Notes:

1 More on the dubious ‘art’ known as “Hiv Testing”: On Hiv Tests and Testing (scroll down the page).

Liam

9 Comments

  1. Let’s hope the cabal are shaking in their boots on this one.

    This case is why universal testing will bring about the end of the AIDS madness.

    The AIDS establishment are in a terrible predicament. They can’t admit abject failure, and they just can’t stop themselves from handing out death sentences either.

    It will be a joy to watch it all implode.

  2. We’re all waiting for that HIV/Aids paradigm to implode – but will it? Certainly there is enough money to buy the press to keep it going for another quarter century unless … unless people themselves start to exercise some of that critical faculty they are supposed to be endowed with.

    Look at the tests, look at the drugs, look at the lies. And then go home and make yourself a cup of tea. Discard the propaganda and start living in a more conscious, healthy way, including making up your own mind about things rather than taking the bull*** spread by pharma-supported front groups and amplified by the “public medes” and swallowing it whole.

    Well – I guess if you came to Liam’s blog, you might be well on your way already, so congratulations.

    Sepp

  3. My good friend Dan writes about the weak-kneedness of some ‘dissidents’ Here. Have a look, he makes some good points, which I’ve given voice to myself, often enough.

    I responded, with these thoughts:

    Dan: “Somebody….comes along, full of passion and ready for action, and you find this culture of the dog chasing it’s own tail.

    Liam: Well, some of that, but don’t mistake the size of the belief, or the implacability of the obstacle, for the lack of effort or desire on the part of those who’ve spoken up about it.

    History will have its own way with all of it…

    In the meantime, you’re saying what’s on your mind. That is, sometimes, all you can do.

    Or, a person can go to clinics and hand out information packets about testing, etc. But then what will you offer the fearful and needful?

    Information that they’re being lied to?

    Well…some will be interested, most not. It’s the size of the religion, and the belief, that is the obstacle.

    Sure, there are so called “dissidents” who I don’t like. That’s not news, or really interesting.

    Nobody who has ever thought or wrote or spoken about this did it to be a part of a movement. There’s no movement to be had here. Just a feeling, a critical thought about a practice that does seem terribly wrong-headed, misguided, unethical, and needless.

    Anyway. What is your solution? What is your next step? What do you want to see on the horizon for this issue?

    Or, what do you see on the horizon?

    (I see Hillary Clinton, and a lot of red ribbons for the poor everywhere, and a condom crusade, and a drug venture into the majority of the world (we call it ‘third world’).

    That’s what I see, and I see a lot of people embracing it, because it sidles up so easily alongside our programmatic morality.

    Sex sin, it’s as old as the Gods that made us.

    It’s not just a social issue, after all; it’s a cataclysm, (for which we want a catechism).

    It’s sex – that juncture of creation and death, of loss of self into the eternal, of Vishnu and Shiva, all in one.

    We’re so far from being a ‘sane’ species…

    I think the problem, the greater problem that creates what Mr. Cini calls “The Aids Zone,” is that we live in a world which is fundamentally unknowable, at its origins, roots, raison, etc…

    We believe that the world is now, in our technological age, totally explicable through technology and the vague, reductionist philosophy that most people call “science.”

    It’s a grand lie, of course, and the world remains, essentially unknowable.

    We, the creatures that we are, imagine ourselves, and our inherent conflicts, into the surfaces of our existence. The sparks of eternity that push through us in our sexual lives are confounding to us; they rile us, confuse us, drive us to heights we can not really contain.

    Our passion, our taste for conflict, for acquisition…for death, blood, murder, rage, narcissism, want, wantonness…for power…glory…

    None of these things have gone away since Alexander marched his army to India, or Attilla, or Kublai, or Genghis, or Caesar, or Philip, or Alaric, Nelson, Pissaro, Napoleon…Clinton or Bush…marched their armies, or policies, through the world.

    I think the ‘dissidents,’ if they really exist as a group, have mistaken a world giant, a sexual commandment for a social issue…a la the illusion of the 60s protest…

    But it’s not a social issue. It IS a world giant, striding from land to land (or really, from mind to mind) with relative ease – the 11th commandment, the one for the modern age:

    “Thou Shalt Not (let certain other people) Have Sex” (because ‘science says so)…

    So yes, some of the dissy-dents are soft-spoken. Too soft spoken? Maybe, probably. I can’t defend, or attack, individuals who aren’t being named in your blog, after all.

    But don’t miss the size of the monster. It’s in all of us…xenophobia, paranoia, tribal-sexual identification, group-safety-through-other-degradation.

    It’s a monster, and I’ve never seen it slain, except in individuals, by their own wish and desire to be free of it.

  4. Dear Liam,

    I just found this Dec 8, 2007 response to your blog entry, and I have to say, “Damn, you’re a good writer.” I haven’t had the chance to read all your articles, blogs, etc. I just came out of the AIDS zone and into the dissident camp a year or so ago, so I’m still playing catch up. But I’ve read enough to have my eyes and ears opened wide. I’m a writer myself by trade (and part time massage therapist in a treehouse….really), so it makes such a difference for me to hear from people who not only comprehend the science of HIV/AIDS (or lack thereof), but also bring perspective and humanity to the material. You and Celia Farber are my heros. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Kent Portman

  5. Hi Kent,

    That’s very kind of you, thanks for the generous words. So, how does one get out of the ‘aids zone,” as you put it?

    And what do you mean by massage therapist in a treehouse? Can anybody visit the treehouse? Or is it a members only treehouse?

    I think I wanted a treehouse when I was a kid. I’ll have to think… did I ever have one? I think we put some planks up in a few trees, from time to time… not sure I ever got the full, walled treehouse in shape. Maybe some friends had one… We sat in a lot of trees, back then. It was a lot of fun, thinking about it…. anyway.

    All arboration aside, how do you get out of the ‘aids zone?’ What did the trick?

    Let me know, I’d be interested to hear it.

    Bests,

    Liam

  6. http://paralegalgateway.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/12/index.html

    Paralegal Student Sues After Receiving Treatment for HIV She Didn’t Have

    AidsWORCESTER, Mass. – Audrey Serrano says she still has not shaken off the impact of living for years convinced that the virus that causes AIDS was steadily wreaking havoc inside her body.

    Serrano’s lawsuit against a doctor who treated her after she was misdiagnosed as HIV positive in 1994 went to trial this week. She says the powerful combination of drugs she took for almost nine years triggered a string of ailments, including depression, chronic fatigue, the loss of weight and appetite, and an inflammation of the intestine.

    “Today, it’s still hard. One minute you think you have it, the next minute you don’t,” she said Tuesday during a break in proceedings at Worcester Superior Court. “And your mind plays tricks on you, and you still live as if you have HIV, even though you don’t.”

    Serrano, 45, is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit she filed in 2003. The original lawsuit named several medical providers, all but one of whom were later dropped from the case.

    Serrano said she became suspicious of her HIV-positive status after obtaining her medical records in 2003 and noticing the word “negative” beside a long list of tests that were conducted to monitor her response to medication. She went for another HIV test at a different hospital. The results were negative. She then approached another doctor, who took her off HIV medications after a series of HIV tests also came in negative.

    The divorced mother of a 17-year-old girl says she is now living off disability benefits while studying for an associate paralegal degree. She says she is also running a charity organization, Families Against Abuse, that supports people suffering from child abuse and neglect.

    She says her medical ordeal began after an anonymous test at a clinic in Fitchburg, Mass., showed that she was HIV positive. Serrano and her attorney, David Angueira, say they are unsure whether the initial test was a false positive, or if it was a record mix-up.

    But Angueira says Serrano’s doctor put her on medication intended to contain the virus without conducting separate tests to confirm the diagnosis.

    Serrano was referred to an HIV clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where Dr. Kwan Lai — an infectious disease specialist — became her primary care provider and began supervising her treatment, the attorney said.

    Angueira said Lai, the remaining defendant in Serrano’s case, repeatedly failed to order definitive tests even after efforts to monitor how Serrano was responding to treatment did not show the presence of HIV in her blood.

    Lai, testifying Tuesday in the case, she had no reason to question the original diagnosis because Serrano convinced her she had the virus that causes AIDS. (Source)

  7. Hearing Resumes in HIV Misdiagnosis Suit
    By Rodrique Ngowi, December 5, 2007

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Audrey Serrano received HIV treatments for almost nine years before receiving a stunning diagnosis: She never actually had the virus that causes AIDS.

    Now Serrano is suing a doctor who treated her, saying the powerful combination of drugs she took triggered a string of ailments, including depression, chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite and inflammation of the intestine.

    “Today, it’s still hard. One minute you think you have it, the next minute you don’t,” Serrano, the divorced mother of a 17-year-old girl, said Tuesday during a break in proceedings at Worcester Superior Court. “And your mind plays tricks on you, and you still live as if you have HIV, even though you don’t.”

    Serrano, 45, is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit she filed in 2003. The original lawsuit named several medical providers but was amended to include just Dr. Kwan Lai, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester’s HIV clinic.

    Serrano’s ordeal began in 1994 after an anonymous test at a clinic in Fitchburg showed that she was HIV positive. Serrano and her attorney, David Angueira, say they are unsure whether the initial test was a false positive, or if it was a record mix-up.

    A doctor at the clinic in Fitchburg put Serrano on medication intended to contain the virus without conducting separate tests to confirm the diagnosis, said Angueira.

    Serrano was referred to the clinic in Worcester, where Lai began treating her, the attorney said. Lai repeatedly failed to order definitive tests even after efforts to monitor how Serrano was responding to treatment did not show the presence of HIV in her blood, Angueira said.

    Lai testified Tuesday that she had no reason to question Serrano’s original diagnosis because Serrano convinced her she had the virus that causes AIDS.

    “She convinced me that she was HIV (positive),” Lai told the court, saying Serrano told her that she had worked as a prostitute, her partner also had AIDS and that she had suffered three bouts of a type of pneumonia that was typically associated with those infected by the virus.

    “I have never been a prostitute or a hooker, I’ve got too much respect for myself for that,” Serrano said after the proceedings. She confirmed that her former boyfriend indeed tested positive for HIV/AIDS, but disputed the claim that she told the doctor that she had suffered bouts of Pneumocystis pneumonia.

    “I believed she had HIV from the detailed history we took” and the fact that her blood had abnormal amounts of cells used to fight infections, Lai said.

    Under cross examination, Lai said she never saw a document that proved conclusively that Serrano was HIV positive. Serrano refused to permit her to contact her former physician directly for more information and never signed a form that would allow other doctors to release medical records to her, Lai said.

    Lai and her attorney, Joannie Gulliford Hoban, declined to comment outside the courtroom. The medical center has denied wrongdoing in the case. The hearing started Monday and is expected to conclude next week.

    Verdict of $2.5 Million Over False-Positive HIV Diagnosis Brings up Basic
    Problems With AIDS Testing and Treatment, Say Scientists
    Worcester.IndyMedia.org

    CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2007–A lawsuit decided today against a medical doctor at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center over consequences of an allegedly false-positive HIV antibody test exposes basic problems with the test and treatments for all persons taking them, according to a high-ranking medical researcher who has advised the plaintiff’s lawyer on the case. The verdict, issued today, awarded $2.5 million to the plaintiff.

    The complaint by Audrey Serrano, 45, in court hearings this week in Worcester, Mass., focuses on the absence of a “confirmatory” Western Blot test in her records. However, Andrew Maniotis, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, University of Illinois-Chicago School of Medicine, contends that, though the reliability of all HIV testing is not on trial in court here, the case history opens questions about it. And, because Serrano developed illnesses commonly defined as “AIDS-related conditions” only after taking HIV medications known as “highly active antiretroviral therapy” (HAART), the drugs themselves appear to have caused “AIDS.”

    Rethinking AIDS (RA) has been asking such questions since its founding in 1991. Etienne de Harven, M.D., president of RA, says, “It is urgent that we open a public debate on the highly suspect reliability of all HIV testing. Moreover, I fully share Dr. Maniotis’ concern about the safety of HIV drugs.” Further resources are online at the group’s Web site, http://www.rethinkingaids.com.

    Rodney Richards, Ph.D., worked on the development of antibody (ELISA) and genetic “viral load” tests for Amgen and holds some related patents. “The diagnosis of being HIV positive is based on arbitrary combinations of tests, none of which are approved for diagnosing HIV,” he says. “In fact there is no test for HIV. It’s just an illusion.”

    Raising issues of informed consent for all persons submitting to HIV antibody testing, the test kits themselves contain disclaimers that doctors rarely, if ever, share with patients. For example, Abbott Laboratories’ ELISA test kit, typically used as a preliminary test, warns:

    “ELISA testing alone cannot be used to diagnose AIDS.”

    Confirmation of an ELISA result with a Western Blot test is currently required as a “standard of care.”

    Epitope’s Western Blot package insert reads: “Do not use this kit as the sole basis for HIV infection.”

    “This is somewhat more concerning, since the Western Blot is supposed to be a highly accurate test, used to confirm that an ELISA is not a false positive,” says Dr. Maniotis. “Moreover, the peer-reviewed literature gives substantial evidence that the virus ‘HIV’ has never been isolated in purified form free of contaminating cellular debris in order to generate the so-called ‘specific viral antigens’ used in the test kits.”

    Serrano, now acknowledged to have always tested HIV negative and therefore not to have been at risk for developing AIDS, nevertheless suffered from several AIDS-defining illnesses, including wasting, herpes, and oral thrush, while taking HAART. She also suffered from other health problems, including constant diarrhea (AIDS-defining under the African definition), muscle wasting, profound fatigue, non-specific skin lesions, oral thrush, herpes outbreaks, severe nosebleeds, constant gynecological bleeding and pain from ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breast lesions, hyperplastic pituitary lesions, and severe heart and respiratory difficulties.

    Labels for HAART drugs actually list these conditions as possible side effects, suggesting that the drugs themselves cause AIDS-related conditions, Maniotis says.

    Serrano’s experience is, sadly, not unique. Dr. Maniotis chose to investigate her case because, he says, “it is typical of many cases reviewed and, as it illustrates so clearly the development of AIDS-related conditions in a woman testing HIV negative who was healthy before she took HAART, strongly suggests that profound paradigm shifts are urgently needed to avoid more human rights violations.”

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