Not long after my comment to the history and presentation of the efforts by himself and Dr Stock to validate some aspects of HIV antibody testing appeared, I received an email from Dr Bialy, thanking me effusively for it and simultaneously wondering, in his words, if "I was blowing bloggerific smoke" when I wrote of my intention to actually perform the necessary study that I outlined.
The answer, as demonstrated by the publication of this brief article, is a most resounding no! I was as serious as an AIDS diagnosis in my country of birth, Nigeria.
Funds have already been secured, and the sometimes interminable process of obtaining the necessary 'ethical' permits to take anonymous blood samples has also begun with the help of comrades in the International Palm Wine Drinkerds' Society (World Headquarters, Ile-Ife, Nigeria).
Over the past three years, I have engaged academics, professionals and interest groups in South Africa on the subject of "HIV/AIDS", asking always -- is it propaganda or science? It became clear to me from these discussions that dissident views of orthodox AIDS are well rooted in my adopted country, which is blessed with an abundance of independently thinking people of conscience.
The spurious and indefensible statistical inferences churned out regularly by the orthodoxy have proved to be its Achilles’ heel.
Why South Africa and many other underdeveloped countries have become dumping grounds for discredited and toxic 'antiretrovirals' has become an important subject of almost daily discussion on the streets, the villages and even the press. Perhaps now, the validity of the so-called HIV tests that are regularly dispensed with such authority by the authorities will join this as a hot button issue.
As scientists and teachers we have the obligation to educate our people in the best traditions. Not doing so is treason of the worst kind.
Professor Anthony I.
Okoh is at the Microbiology Unit of the University of Fort Hare in Alice, South Africa. He holds a doctorate in microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he lectured for several years before joining the faculty at Fort Hare. He is also a past fellow of the United Nations University as well as the UNESCO Biotechnology Action Council, and a former President of the Staff Club of Obafemi Awolowo University, where he "anchored and sustained for several years important debates on HIV/AIDS, along with the imbibing of a great deal of holy water" (palm wine).