The Three Tests:
Two of the tests the Elisa
and the Western Blot tests for HIV can only tell whether your body has
antibodies to HIV, not whether HIV infection is present. Both the tests
have been found to generate positive results in a multitude of conditions,
including pregnancy, malaria and tuberculosis. When scientist
finally came up with the third test the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
test, which can detect the presence of HIV virus itself, positive readings
were thrown up with even the most minuscule fragments of virus particles.
Scientist who object to
the use of PCR testing for HIV (or for any virus) argue that the
presence of a fragment of HIV does not mean you are ill or even infected.
They say people can live with hundreds of retroviruses dormant in their
systems, most of which will never cause illness.
The issue of co-factors
lies at the heart of divergence between mainstream thinking and the so
For many years, since the
first claims about the role of HIV in the predisposing people towards
AIDS, major players in the field of virology have had doubts.
There seem to be a
universal acceptance among scientists that the HIV is a real entity
and this is not in dispute, but there are, broadly speaking, three
views about it's role in AIDS
HIV always leads to AIDS,
sometimes manifesting years after the initial infection.
HIV is a virus which is
ignited when a person's immune system is compromised i.e. when a
person has suffered years of malnutrition and lack of access to clean
water, or who may have Tuberculosis, Sleeping sickness or Malaria
or one of numerous other diseases endemic in many parts of the world, may
become sick with AIDS because their systems cannot cope with the load.
This argument would hold for people living in First World conditions
whose immune systems are compromised by lifestyle factors such as
drug abuse, multiple sexual partners and infections from sexually
HI virus is a harmless
passenger virus to which we are exposed and does not cause death. In this
view the critical factors that causes people to contract various serious
diseases like Tuberculosis and Pneumonia are the "co-factors".
In this view AIDS is real and it exist, with serious implications for
economies of the world. But HIV does not cause it; rather it is
economically and socially driven.