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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"HIV" and AIDS
In his rapid response: "Re: "HIV" and KS", 18 August, Nicholas Bennett gave his view on the "mechanism by which HIV causes AIDS".
In our rapid response: "Mechanisms by which HIV causes AIDS", 29 September, we have pointed out that Nicholas Bennett did not give any references in support of his claim and that it is not possible to talk about a mechanism before there is evidence which proves the "HIV" theory of AIDS. In his rapid response" "HIV mechanism revisited", 2 October, Nicholas Bennett gave references which he claims contain evidence in support of the "mechanism by which HIV causes AIDS". He also gave us a long story but did not respond to what we consider to be critical problems with the "HIV" theory of AIDS.
So, let us reconsider them once again. Would Nicholas Bennett please tell us, is it true that according to the "HIV" theory of AIDS:
(a) all AIDS patients are infected with "HIV";
(b) "HIV" kills the T4 cells;
(c) decrease in T4 cells leads to the appearance of the clinical syndrome.
(d) T4 cell decrease is the "hallmark" and "gold standard" of HIV infection[1, 2].
Yes or no.
1. HIV infection
Would Nicholas Bennett please tell us, is it true that at present only two tests are routinely used to prove infection with HIV, namely antibodies and PCR (DNA and RNA). Yes or no.
According to "HIV" researchers (not the Perth Group) and test kit manufacturers, "at present there is no recognised standard for establishing the presence or absence of HIV-1 antibodies in human blood", and that "it may be impossible to relate an antibody response specifically to HIV-1 infection" [4, 5].
Yes or no.
According to the "HIV" experts and test kit manufacturers (not the Perth Group) there are even more problems with the PCR (both, DNA and RNA) than with the antibody tests and for this reason the test should "NOT" be used for the diagnosis of "HIV" infection [6-11].
Would Nicholas Bennett please tell us, does not this mean that at present no proof exists for what percentage, if any, of AIDS patients are infected with "HIV"? Yes or no.
2. "HIV" and T4 cells
Montagnier and Gallo have shown that: (i) "HIV" + stimulation = decrease in T4 cells; (ii) stimulation by itself = decrease in T4 cells; (iii) "HIV" by itself = no effect [12-14].
Would Nicholas Bennett please tell us, does the Montagnier and Gallo data show that: (i) "HIV" does not kill or decrease the T4 cells by any means;
Yes or no.
(ii) Since the AIDS patients are exposed to repeated stimulation ("infections with various microorganisms", "allogenic cells such as semen or blood", drugs (including factor VIII), the cause of the T4 decrease in these patients is the stimulation and not "HIV".
Yes or no.
3. T4 cells and the syndrome
In his rapid response: ""HIV mechanism revisited", 2 October, Nicholas Bennett wrote: "It's not so much that all individuals with low CD4 count should get AIDS OI's [opportunistic infections], or that all people with AIDS-OIs will have low CD4 counts".
Would Nicholas Bennett please tell us: (i) If not "all people with AIDS-OI's will have a low CD4 count" does it not mean that low CD4 (immune deficiency) is not necessary for the syndrome, including opportunistic infections, to appear? (ii) If low CD4 counts are not necessary for the appearance of the clinical syndrome, must not any scientist worth his salt question the "HIV" theory of AIDS?
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