Perth Group response to Peter Flegg 26 February 2004
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Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos,
Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia,
Valendar F Turner, John Papadimitriou, Barry Page, David Causer, Helman Alfonso, Sam Mhlongo, Todd Miller, Christian Fiala

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Re: Perth Group response to Peter Flegg

In his rapid response "Re: That is a Scientist's Responsibility" (20th February 2004) Peter Flegg wrote: "There are more than enough flaws in the science produced by the Perth Group themselves to merit the use of a full-time "de-constructor" to rebut their claims. I would do the job myself, but have more pressing things to do, like trying to help patients with HIV (some of whom have become infected or infected others as a direct result of the misinformation about HIV that is publicised by dissidents such as the Perth Group)."

In one of our rapid responses to Peter Flegg, "Yes. It is about time to move on” (May 5th 2003), we asked him to give us a reference which proves heterosexual transmission of "HIV". We drew his attention to the fact that for such a study to be accepted as scientific proof for heterosexual transmission it must satisfy the following: "Be prospective. Use tests which have been proven to be specific. Have a statistically meaningful population. The result must be statistically significant and must exclude other possible routes of infection". Peter Flegg does not need to spend too much of his time in giving us more than one such reference. Any physician who treats patients on the basis that they had acquired the condition sexually should have such references at his fingertips. Yet so far he has not even given us one reference. Why?

Would Peter Flegg also please give us the misinformation we have published which leads to his patients being infected or infecting others?

Competing interests: None declared