Tommy Morrison Versus the HIV Test

Tommy Morrison, former world champion heavyweight boxer, this year seeking a license to box in the State of Washington, asked the WA. State Dept of Labor to find him a test that would test for “actual HIV virus” that would prove “100% accurately” that he was “infected” with one particular thing.

The answer from the CDC and FDA? “No, we cannot! There is no such thing as an HIV test!” [emphasis/bold added]:

Letter One – CDC to Morrison: Don’t Ask Us!:

From: CDC-INFO [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 9:27 AM
Subject: RE: Question Regarding Testing For HIV

Thank you for your inquiry to CDC-INFO. In response to your request for the name and brand of HIV test to use, we can provide you with the following information.

CDC-INFO is not able to recommend a brand name of a HIV test to you as CDC is not the regulatory agency for the approval of these tests. We recommend contacting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for further information about the different types of HIV tests used.

Letter Two – FDA to Morrison: Don’t Ask Us Either! It’s Up to the “Interpretation” of your Local Doctor!

From: OC OSHI Internet Mail [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:25 PM
RE: WA State Athletic Commission Regarding Testing For HIV


Here is a link to a page with links to extensive information about FDA-approved HIV tests:

However, nobody at FDA will be able to advise you regarding which test or tests to employ. FDA regulates testing and marketing of medical products, but it is up to physicians and other health care professionals, working with patients, health plans, and other stakeholders, to decide how best to use those products.  In this case, involvement of a physician would be necessary to decide which test to employ and also to interpret the results from that test.

I’m sorry I am not able to be of more assistance.

David Banks
FDA Office of Special Health Issues

Letter Three – It’s not the Test, It’s the “Other Information, etc.”

I wrote the FDA and asked the same question to David Banks, FDA OSHH. Their response? It’s not the test, it’s the interpretation:

From: Liam Scheff
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:23 PM
To: OC OSHI Internet Mail
Subject: Seeking assistance with finding an approved 100% HIV test


Could you please recommend to me an approved HIV virus test that detects the presence or absence 100% in the human body?

Thank you,


From: OC OSHI Internet Mail <[email protected]>
To: ‘Liam Scheff’
Sent: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:46:42 -0500
Subject: RE: Seeking assistance with finding an approved 100% HIV test


No medical test I know of is 100% accurate.  In any case, there is some potential for a false-positive or false-negative result.  No test stands alone as a basis for medical decisions.  Test results are employed along with other information, such as medical history, physical examination, etc.

Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

David Banks
FDA Office of Special Health Issues

In summary: Your HIV test is not an HIV test. It does not give a stand-alone result. The result is “interpreted” along with whatever socio-economic or clinical information the local doctor – not the CDC or FDA – thinks should make the test “positive” or “negative.”

This isn’t an “AIDS” diagnosis we’re talking about. This isn’t a complex “interpretation” of immune deficiency. This is about the test itself. “Test results are employed along with other information, such as medical history, physical examination, etc.”

For what purpose? Initial test results are employed along with “other information,” such as…“etc” to determine the TEST RESULT.

Don’t say nobody ever warned you: HIV tests are a fraud.

Read about HIV Testing: | HIV Testing Section at RTB

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