AIDS Test Unscientific: Test Kit Makers Sued in Kansas
by Josef Hasslberger
April 27, 2004
Source: Health Supreme
The test kits used to determine "HIV positive" status in patients are deeply flawed - they were developed on the basis of faulty scientific methodology and assumptions and are without value in determining whether a person suffers from "HIV Aids", alleges Kim Marie Bannon in a civil suit filed under the Consumer Protection Act of the State of Kansas, US.
The legal action against the makers of Aids test kits CALYPTE BIOMEDICAL CORPORATION and ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS CORPORATION was filed on 12 April 2004 in the Sedgwick County District Court by Dennis Webb of Wichita Kansas.
At the base of the suit is the scientific mishandling of the Aids crisis from the very beginning, when on April 23, 1984, then US Health Secretary Margaret Heckler announced at a press conference that the "probable" cause of AIDS had been found. A controversy between Gallo and Montagnier distracted us from the fact that the "virus" thought to cause immune deficiency had never been unequivocally isolated. Neither has anyone explained in scientific terms how the virus, which cannot be found in large numbers of immune deficient individuals, causes the illness. Neville Hodgkinson has written up the history for us to follow. In a recent conversation about the validity of the Aids test posted on this site, I have linked Hodgkinson's excellent article, which first appeared in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.
Kim Marie Bannon, the courageous woman who is taking on the multibillion pharma manufacturers, says:
I was "diagnosed" in 1992. I spent 10 years doubting yet living with the stigma of conventional AIDS dogma. In April 2002 I stumbled on the Perth Group's article "The Yin and Yang of HIV." I began studying the issue and eventually started looking for an attorney. I've worked in the legal field in Wichita since 1983, and I feel it is only my excellent reputation with the local bar that enabled me to get a lawyer to take the case. Rest assured I'm not looking for a settlement. I want lots of publicity. I welcome anyone with media contacts to help me get my story out. I plan to have the defendants so totally exposed that a settlement and gag order would do them no good anyway.
I realize that my life might be more peaceful if I just kept my HIV "status" under wraps and went on with the knowledge that I'm not going to die from AIDS, but my soul would not be at peace knowing that so many suffer from the orthodox viewpoint. My lawsuit focuses on the narrow issue of the tests which will hopefully be easier for a jury to understand than the multitude of issues that will surely eventually be raised in the whole fiasco. It will provide a precedent upon which other cases can be built in the future. And if they can't test you, they can't diagnose you. Others can escape the terror that has been perpetrated on me, as well as on so many of you.
Earlier articles on this site include HIV and AIDS with a comment by Jon Rappoport on the elusive virus, AIDS in Africa with a discussion of the business interests behind AIDS on the dark continent, where statistics have been consistently exaggerated and plans to adopt a preventive strategy based on nutrition and traditional medicines are now being adopted in South Africa.
Contact Kim Marie Bannon at
316-461-2173 (US) mobile phone
If you are interested in the legal details, here is a copy of the papers filed in court just two weeks ago:
Dennis D. Webb, S.C.I.N. 09881
142 North Mosley, 2nd floor
Wichita, KS 67202
IN THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
DISTRICT COURT OF SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS
Kim Marie BANNON,
CORPORATION; and ROCHE
(Pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 60)
COMES NOW the plaintiff, Kim Bannon, by her counsel Dennis D. Webb, and for her cause of action, states:
1. Defendant Calypte Biomedical Corporation-Delaware (hereinafter "CBC") is a corporation duly registered to do business in the state of California, and may be served by its resident agent John J. Dipietro, 1440 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710.
2. Defendant Roche Diagnostics Corporation (hereinafter "Roche") is a corporation registered to do business in Kansas and may be served with process at its resident agent, National Registered Agents of Kansas, Inc., 2101 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604.
3. Plaintiff Kim Bannon (hereinafter "Bannon") is a resident of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas and all relevant acts occurred within said jurisdiction.
4. In April of 1992, during the course of routine medical diagnostic testing, Bannon was diagnosed by Dr. Donna Sweet of the Kansas University School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas, as carrying the "Human Immunodeficiency Virus" referred to as HIV, and widely purported to be the cause of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS.
5. The testing procedure used to make such a diagnosis included the "Recombigen EIA Screen-HIV-1 EIA" and the "Cambridge Biotech HIV-1 Western Blot Kit," both manufactured by defendant CBC, which included a protocol for administration of the test and criteria for assessing the results of said kits.
6. Dr. Sweet described the results of the CBC testing as "indisputable" and "classic," and told Bannon she would develop the full spectrum of AIDS within five to seven years and die soon thereafter.
7. In subsequent testing from 1996 to 2003 undertaken at the direction of Dr. Sweet, Bannon was administered an AMPLICOR HIV-1 Monitor Test Kit manufactured by defendant Roche, which included a protocol and criteria for assessing the results of said kits; all of said tests purportedly confirming the diagnosis of HIV infection.
8. Likewise, the Roche testing was described by Sweet as confirmation of the HIV diagnosis, and her prognosis of the full spectrum of AIDS and death within five to seven years.
9. In the context of the medical services and testing described, Plaintiff was a consumer within the meaning of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, K.S.A. 50-623 et seq. (hereinafter KCPA).
10. In the context of the medical services and testing described, Defendants CBC and Roche were suppliers of consumer goods or services within the meaning of the KCPA.
11. Plaintiff discovered on April 18, 2002 that the science, methodology, and assumptions relied upon by defendants CBC and Roche as the basis for their respective testing and basis for plaintiff's diagnosis was faulty, without sound medical and/or scientific confirmation, and an otherwise flawed procedure.
12. Now more than twelve years after the "diagnosis" provided by defendants testing procedures, plaintiff is healthy, asymptomatic, and wholly free of any sequela of HIV or AIDS.
13. CBC and Roche engaged in deceptive acts and practices within the meaning of KCPA, K.S.A. 50-626 as follows:
a. [50-626(b)(1)(A)] making representations knowingly or with reason to know that the goods and/or services included approvals, characteristics, uses and benefits which they did not have;
b. [50-626(b)(1)(B)] making representations knowingly or with reason to know that the supplier had certain approval or status which it did not have;
c. [50-626(b)(1)(D)] making representations knowingly or with reason to know that the goods and/or services were of a standard which was materially different from the representation;
d. [50-626(b)(1)(G)] making representations knowingly or with reason to know that the goods and/or services had uses, benefits or characteristics which had been substantiated when, in fact, they had no such benefits;
e. [50-626(b)(2)] the willful use in oral or written representations of exaggeration, falsehoods, innuendo, or ambiguity as to a material fact; and
f. [50-626(b)(3)] the willful failure to state a material fact or the willful concealment, suppression or omission of a material fact.
14. Defendants CBC and Roche engaged in unconscionable acts and practices within the meaning of the K.S.A. 50-627 as follows:
a. [50-627(b)(1)] taking advantage of the consumer's inability to protect her interests resulting from an inability to understand the language of the relevant "agreement."
b. [50-627(b)(6)] making misleading statements of opinion on which plaintiff relied to her detriment; and
c. [50-627(b)(7)] excluded or attempted to exclude the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, to wit: that the product or service was an accurate measure for the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.
15. As a consequence of the unlawful denials by CBC and Roche of the warranty claims, plaintiff has incurred losses, including but not limited to: loss of income.
WHEREFORE, plaintiffs pray for judgment as follows:
a. civil penalties of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for each violation of the KCPA against each of the defendants;
b. injunctive relief prohibiting the defendants from further representations asserting the suitability of the subject test products/services; and
c. pecuniary damages suffered as a consequence of the misdiagnosis including loss of wage/earnings;
d. non-pecuniary damages including mental anguish, pain and suffering, shame and humiliation resulting from the defendants' unlawful acts;
d. attorney fees pursuant to the Kansas Consumer Protection Act; together with their costs, and such other and further relief as the Court shall deem just and equitable.