BANGKOK - 15th International AIDS Conference: "Testing is the missing link," said Trevor Neilson, executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, representing 150 companies around the world, according to a recent article on Reuters, calling for routine HIV testing on a large scale.
There is only one problem: The HIV virus has never been scientifically isolated - incredible but true - and therefore available tests can not be validated against a virus. So there is no "gold standard" that would confirm that the tests actually show viral infection. The tests indeed react to over 60 common conditions including vaccinations, the common cold and a host of other everyday health problems.
Test manufacturers are well aware of this and are warning that their tests, which were originally developed to ensure the safety of the blood supply, are not an accurate diagnostic procedure to determine an AIDS diagnosis. Nevertheless, tests are widely used to inform people of their "death sentence", encouraging them to take retroviral drugs and implying that they probably will succumb to the disease. Manufacturers of the tests have recently been sued in the US and in France.
The aim of testing is clearly to deliver expensive and highly toxic retroviral drugs to more people. Yet, people survive AIDS without retrovirals, as shown by the example of David Patient, who is helping AIDS victims in Eritrea, and by "Alive and Well" Christine Maggiore, both long term drug-free survivers.
AIDS is a (virally induced) nutritional deficiency, not a classical viral disease, according to Canadian researcher Harold Foster, who in his free e-book "What Really Causes AIDS" identifies the nutrients that AIDS sufferers are short of and affirms that if these nutrients are supplied, sufferers will not develop AIDS symptoms and those already showing symptoms will return to a normal life in a short time.
Virus or no virus, nutrients have something to do with AIDS. This is obvious from a recent Harvard research in Tanzania, which confirmed that a simple multivitamin supplement significantly slowed the development of AIDS symptoms.
Yet, the Global Business Coalition, together with WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and AIDS activists are calling for routine non-voluntary testing with a view to selling ever more toxic retrovirals to the world's poor, causing AIDS symptoms and making the AIDS war a self-fulfilling prophecy. Can we talk about Business with disease?