Questions That Should Remain Unanswered by Peter Flegg 1 May 2004
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Tony Floyd,
Medical Student
Newcastle University, Newcastle Australia 2308,
Louis Feinberg, Joseph Wardell and Moses Horwitz

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Re: Questions That Should Remain Unanswered by Peter Flegg

The 'Perth Group' has demanded that Peter Flegg answer certain questions such as:

> 1. Does Peter Flegg regard the data from the Padian and Rakai studies proof of transmission of "HIV"...

Peter Flegg and I have both previously enunciated reasons as to why the paper cannot be used to prove or disprove any mode of transmission of HIV. Anyone who has actually read the study(1) would realise that. In addition the authors did not state that they were trying to prove or disprove transmission, nor did they present data suggesting any such conclusion. So saying, 'AHAH! This study failed to prove something that it did not set out to prove' adds what exactly 'Perth Group'??? Or are you just blowing another smoke screen?

Why demand that Peter Flegg again answer questions that didn't really deserve answering the first time?

> Would Peter Flegg also please give us the misinformation which we, the Perth Group, has published, which leads to his patients being infected or infecting others?

If you are admitting that you have published misinformation why ask Peter Flegg to give it to you?

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References:

(1) Padian NS. Shiboski SC. Glass SO. Vittinghoff E. Heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in northern California: results from a ten-year study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 146(4):350-7, 1997 Aug 15.

Competing interests: None declared