Re: Re: Re: The predictions based upon the 'HIV/AIDS' hypothesis have been fulfilled 1 February 2005
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Bruno Spagnoli,
PhD student
Toulouse/France

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Re: Re: Re: Re: The predictions based upon the 'HIV/AIDS' hypothesis have been fulfilled

Thanks to Dr Foley and Dr Bennett for their responses.

You (Dr Bennett) state that : "non-specific addition of antibodies to a person can cause transient false-positive HIV ELISA results"

Therefore, it is very possible that a reaction occurs without any HIV antibody being present, if, for instance, the patient has an abnormally high level of antibodies.

I'm not an expert, but I imagine that if someone is frequently exposed to foreign proteins, chemicals, various bacteria or viruses, etc, he should develop a higher level of antibodies than the majority of people. Such is the case with drug users, hemophiliacs, very promiscuous people, etc. All groups which are at risk for AIDS.

Could you please tell me which studies have been done to assess the specificity of the antibody tests (by comparing with virus isolation and culture) in the following groups of people : intravenous drug users, non- intravenous drug users, hemophiliacs, promiscuous homosexuals, African malnourished people, malaria and TB patients, HIV- people with immune dysfunction of suppression, and more generally HIV- people with any of the 30+ AIDS-defining diseases ?

Since these groups are all at risk for AIDS or may have AIDS-like symptoms, and since these groups are more likely to have a high level of antibodies, it seems absolutely crucial to have strong data about the specificity of the antibody tests in these groups. I have no doubt there must be a handful of high-quality studies dealing with this fundamental issue (after all, all AIDS care is based on this), so I don't ask you to provide me with all the references. Please just give me, for each group, the best study you know.

Competing interests: None declared