Is There Proof for Heterosexual Transmission of HIV? 27 March 2003
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Eleni Papadopulos Eleopulos,
Biophysicist
Department of Medical Physics, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia,
Barry Page, Valendar Turner, John Papadimitriou, David Causer, Helman Alfonso

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Re: Is There Proof for Heterosexual Transmission of HIV?

Is There Proof for Heterosexual Transmission of HIV?

We put two basic questions to Tony Floyd: 1. Where is the evidence that proves the HIV antibody tests are specific? 2. Where is the evidence that proves HIV is heterosexually transmitted?

He answered neither.

Heterosexual transmission of HIV can only be accepted if studies provide evidence which prove it. It is fallacious to state that the Padian study “doesn’t PROVE that heterosexual transmission of HIV DOESN’T occur.”

Concerning the quote from Gisselquist and his colleagues “HIV is not transmitted by ‘sex’…”, please read the first sentence of paragraph 2 of the conclusion the authors reached in their paper published in 2003 (Brewer, et al Int J STD & AIDS 2003; 14:144-147) which is reference 1 in our previous rapid response.

Tony Floyd asks: “Does Brody still hold this view now?” (that “intravenous and anal activities remain the only clear vectors for HIV transmission.”) The answer is in the affirmative and is found again in the first 2 sentences of paragraph 2 of the conclusion in their paper published in 2003 (Brewer, et al Int J STD & AIDS 2003; 14:144-147) which is reference 1 in our previous rapid response.

Perhaps Tony Floyd has no answer to our two basic questions listed above.

Competing interests:   None declared