Studies showing LOW rates of heterosexual transmission do not support alternative AIDS theories... 15 March 2003
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Tony Floyd,
Medical Student
Newcastle University, Newcastle Australia 2308

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Re: Studies showing LOW rates of heterosexual transmission do not support alternative AIDS theories...

Works by Gisselquist and Padian are both cited above in support of alternative AIDS theories.

The Gisselquist article(1) (available on line he re) states that:

"Studies among African couples find low rates of heterosexual transmission, as in developed countries."

As you can read for yourself in the abstract, Gisselquist suggests that iatrogenic causes have been underestimated. If in this article (or any article by Gisselquist or any of his colleagues) you can find ANY suggestion that HIV doesn't cause AIDS or that it isn't transmitted sexually (at all) please let us all know.

As for the Padian paper(2) (available on line her e):

Padian's paper does not prove that HIV can't be transmitted sexually because:

Although there were no NEW transmissions during the study period:

1. All participants were aware that they were with a HIV-positive partner.

2. They all new that they were part of a study examining transmission.

3. It (might be) safe to assume that none of the participants wanted to be infected.

4. The group studied are all from a wealthy country which was saturated with AIDS education.

5. Condom use increased substantially during the study period.

6. Anal sex decreased substantially during the study period.

7. The whole world does not live in North Carolina.


(1) Gisselquist D, Rothenberg R, Potterat J, Drucker E. HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa not explained by sexual or vertical transmission. Int J STD AIDS. 2002 Oct;13(10):657-66. Review. PMID: 12396534. [A bstract]

(1) Padian NS. Shiboski SC. Glass SO. Vittinghoff E. Heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in northern California: results from a ten-year study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 146(4):350-7, 1997 Aug 15. [Ab stract]

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