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Responding to some of the comments above:
>Again, Tony misleads with his statement regarding heterosexual transmission of HIV
In fact you have mislead (again) regarding heterosexual transmission of HIV:
>"Whether it is approximately 30%, approximately 90%, or approximately something in between, this would (as supported by de Vincenzi) still be a lot more than precisely zero.", since such a statement implies that Gisselquist claims a lower limit of approximately 30% which is not the case.
I in no way implied that Gisselquist himself suggested a 'lower limit' of approximately 30%. And how would it matter if he did? In fact the ranges that he gave were unequivocally clear from the quote I have already given above(1):
Both his estimate of approximatley 30% heterosexual transmission of HIV and that of 'most experts' remain very much distant from any claims that it is precisely zero.
Hence I repeat my question from April 5th: Why has Gisselquist been cited to support claims that HIV isn't sexually transmitted? He has published work to indicate that he does not support any such alternative theories.
Here's another fine example (referring to the Padian study):
"It is obvious from her lengthy study that her aim was to prove heterosexual transmission"
Obvious? Yet she failed to state that anywhere.
In fact she was examining ways to prevent transmission in the same study group(2):
If anything it is obvious that she didn't want any seroconversions.
Gisselquist and Padian continue to be falsely referenced in support of alternative AIDS theories.
(1) Gisselquist D, Potterat JJ. Heterosexual transmission of HIV in Africa: an empiric estimate. Int J STD AIDS. 2003 Mar;14(3):162-73. PMID: 12665438 [Abstract]
(2) Padian NS, O'Brien TR, Chang Y, Glass S, Francis DP. Prevention of heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus through couple counseling. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 1993 Sep;6(9):1043-8. PMID: 8340895 [Abstract]
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