In an article published in Science last
year, David Ho, Daniel Douck, and Ronald Desrosiers were quoted as saying that
the "HIV=AIDS" time course should be shortened to span several months
to a few years (Jon Cohen. "It's The Gut, Stupid." Vol 307, p. 1395,
2005), and that "HIV" kills the lymphoid tissues of the gut in a few
days to months.
This proclamation was at
variance with the CDC's long-standing contention that "HIV" has an
average latency of 5-10 years before progression to AIDS.
This weekend, Dr. Bruce R. Schackman, Chief of Health Policy at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York (that beacon of AIDS science) and lead author of a new paper appearing in Medical Care, a journal published by the American Public Health Association said that "HIV/AIDS" patients can live an average 24 years, if they pay $385,000.
Can everyone appreciate what good news this really is for a disease that is 25 years old (or 22 years old once that "HIV," "a variant of a known cancer virus" was found to be “the cause”)? It means that, for 385,000 dollars, you can actually live longer with a disease (on average), than the period of time that that disease is said to have been killing off our species. There are people probably living for 50 years who have a disease that is at most only 25 years old (1981-2 was when Michael Gottlieb first described it).
The logic of these proclamations is stunning in the context of the AIDS ABC's:
A ("HIV") leads to B (decrease and inversion of CD4/CD8) which leads to C (full blown AIDS):
The CDC says: A ("HIV infection") leads to B (drop and inversion of CD4/CD8 in 5-10 years), which leads to C (inevitable full blown AIDS/DEATH).
David Ho, Daniel Douck, and Ronald Desrosiers say: A ("HIV infection") leads to B (drop and inversion of CD4/CD8 in a few months), which leads to C (inevitable full blown AIDS/DEATH).
Bruce R. Schackman says: A ("HIV infection") leads to B (drop and inversion of CD4/CD8) which leads to C (inevitable full blown AIDS/DEATH in 24 years on average).
Andrew Maniotis, is a Program Director in the Cell and Developmental Biology of Cancer unit of the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago