Benefits of treatment - response to C. Tyler. 31 July 2003
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Peter J Flegg,
Consultant Physician
Blackpool Victoria Hospital, UK, FY3 8NR

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Re: Benefits of treatment - response to C. Tyler.

Having failed to find any valid evidence in clinical studies to demonstrate that appropriately prescribed antiretroviral therapy does more harm than good, Christopher Tyler is now resorting to personal testimonies from online discussion forums to try and highlight instances of (what he claims to be) incorrect use of therapy.

Uncorroborated anecdotes constitute the flimsiest possible form of evidence. However, if Chris Tyler wishes to accept the examples he quotes as acceptable evidence, why does he ignore the overwhelming number of online testimonies available that illustrate the exact opposite of what he claims? Alternatively, he could come down from his ivory tower of denial and see some of the tens of thousands of real patients followed up in HIV clinics and ask them what they feel about HIV drugs. I guarantee the overwhelming majority, at least in my own and other practices in the UK, would attest to their benefit.

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