A reasonable request to the “HIV”/AIDS experts 20 April 2004
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Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos,
Department of Medical Physics, Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia, 6001,
Valendar F Turner, John Papadimitriou, Barry Page, David Causer, Helman Alfonso, Sam Mhlongo, Todd Miller, Christian Fiala

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Re: A reasonable request to the “HIV”/AIDS experts

A reasonable request to the “HIV”/AIDS experts.

In a recent interview, Robert Gallo stated: “I never made a claim that I should get all the credit. I never even said I discovered the virus.” (1)

In 1983 Luc Montagnier claimed to have discovered a new human retrovirus by obtaining a mass of purified retroviral particles and showing that they contained a unique protein, p24. (2) In 1997 he said that what he called purified virus did not contain any particles having the morphology of retroviruses, and thus a unique retroviral protein, p24. (3)

Could please Brian Foley, Christopher Noble, Peter Flegg, Ed Cooper or any other “HIV” / AIDS experts who follow this debate, including John Moore and Wain-Hobson, tell us who is the discoverer of the unique human retrovirus presently known as “HIV”?


(1) Gallo, R (2004). The Scientist Volume 18, Issue 2, 13, February 2.

(2) Barre-Sinoussi F, Chermann JC, Rey F, Nugeyre MT, Chamaret S, Gruest J, Dauguet C, Axler-Blin C, Vezinet-Brun F, Rouzioun C, Rozenbaum W, Montagnier L (1983) Isolation of a T-Lymphotrophic Retrovirus from a patient at Risk for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Science 220:868-871.

(3) Tahi D. Did Luc Montagnier discover HIV? Text of video interview with Professor Luc Montagnier at the Pasteur Institute July 18th 1997. Continuum 1998; 5:30-34. www.virusmyth.net/aids/data/dtinterviewlm.htm

Competing interests: None declared