by Liam Scheff
“Half of all AIDS cases occur among African Americans…We will also lead a nationwide effort, working closely with African American churches and faith-based groups, to deliver rapid HIV tests to millions“ – George W. Bush, State of the Union 1/31/2006
Air America’s Randi Rhodes went apeshit on her Wednesday (2/1/06) show about the inherent racism demonstrated in President George Bush’s “State of the Union” address on Tuesday.
“Bush went straight from Katrina to HIV/AIDS,” she said. She asked the audience if they could believe what she described as the incredible racism of the overt connection of the Black community with AIDS.
But that’s the whole paradigm. That’s what it is. That’s why I write about it.
Bush might be racist, but he didn’t invent this racism. He’s just following the CDC. Besides, AIDS, as in HIV test the Black, Gay and Poor, is the ‘Liberal’ agenda
You want to end AIDS? You won’t get there by deploying rapid tests into the poor black communities.
- Immune deficiency? Easy to come by. Possible to recover from? These people think so
- An AIDS diagnosis? Not so easy. You’re drugged for life, till death . That’s the deal we make with the Gay and Black communities in this country and the world
Journalist Janine Roberts has just posted a pre-publication copy of a book on the making of the AIDS diagnosis, and the errors that were made, covered up, and compounded. Part one – HIVGate | Part two – AIDSGate
(_Roberts is investigator/author of_ Glitter and Greed her breakout investigation of child slave labor and the diamond trade, disinfo 2003)
So, AIDS and racism? What can I say that the man didn’t?
Kudos to Bush for grabbing the zeitgeist and making absolutely clear what it actually is.
“In New Orleans and in other places, many of our fellow citizens have felt excluded from the promise of our country. The answer is not only temporary relief, but schools that teach every child, and job skills that bring upward mobility, and more opportunities to own a home and start a business. As we recover from a disaster, let us also work for the day when all Americans are protected by justice, equal in hope, and rich in opportunity.”
“A hopeful society acts boldly to fight diseases like HIV/AIDS, which can be prevented, and treated, and defeated. More than a million Americans live with HIV, and half of all AIDS cases occur among African Americans. I ask Congress to reform and reauthorize the Ryan White Act, and provide new funding to states, so we end the waiting lists for AIDS medicines in America.”
“We will also lead a nationwide effort, working closely with African American churches and faith-based groups, to deliver rapid HIV tests to millions, end the stigma of AIDS, and come closer to the day when there are no new infections in America.”
Received from P. Doshi. Comments added.
Which of These is an HIV Test?
AS OF 1999, IT WOULD SEEM THE ROCHE AMIPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR TEST IS THE MOST POPULAR PCR TEST.
“The Roche Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor™ test kit, approved by the FDA, was used by more than 70% of the laboratories reporting results.”
ROCHE AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR TEST
“The [Roche]AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR Test is not intended to be used as a screening test for HIV or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV infection.”
NucliSens® HIV-1 QT — HIV QT Nov. 13, 2001
“The NucliSens® HIV-1 QT assay is not intended to be used as a screening test for HIV-1 nor is it to be used as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV-1 infection.”
COBAS AmpliScreen HIV-1 Test, version 1.5 Approval Date: 12/19/2003
“This test is not intended for use as an aid in diagnosis.”
Procleix® HIV-1/HCV Assay — IN0076-01, Rev. A
Approval Date: 6/4/2004
“The Procleix HIV-1 Discriminatory Assay may be used as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 infection.”
h2. GENETIC SYSTEMS (TM) rLAV EIA
“The rLAV EIA is intended to be used as a screening test for donated blood or plasma and as an aid in the diagnosis of infection with HIV-1.”
h2. VIRONOSTIKAT HIV-1 PLUS O MICROELISA SYSTEM
“System is intended for use as an aid in diagnosis of infection with HIV-1. It is not intended for use in screening blood donors.”
h2. THE CAMBRIDGE BIOTECH HIV-1 WESTERN BLOT KIT
“Accurate diagnosis of HIV-1 infection is important in determining an individual’s risk for developing AIDS. Accuracy is complicated by false-positive and false-negative (EIA) results. It
would appear that in some limited infections, a compartmentalized response occurs in which
expression of HIV-1 or its respective Immune response is limited to a restricted number of organs
“Slight ambiguities exist in the designation of the molecular weights of the HIV-I antigens. The designations listed in Figure 1 have been established by both internal testing with known markers and consensus of published literature.(5-10)”
Testing for a protein/virus by…..consensus of various points of view….anyone? Anyone? Do I hear a “Bullshit?” Anyone?
“Although a blot POSITIVE for antibodies to HIV-1 indicates infection with the virus…”
“POSITIVE blot results using any specimen type (serum, plasma, or urine) should be followed with additional testing. Such testing may rely on alternative test methods or specimen types.
The clinical implications of antibodies to HIV-1 in an asymptomatic person are not known.”
The clinical implications of antibodies to HIV-1 in an asymptomatic person are not known.
[You test postive, but you don’t have the symptoms we say you should have – You’re not positive.]
“The sensitivity … using urine was evaluated by comparing the urine results to the results obtained from testing paired serum specimens collected from individuals who were HIV-1 seropositive and from individuals clinically diagnosed as AIDS patients.”
OraSure® HIV-1 Western Blot Kit
“The OraSure HIV-l Western Blot Kit is an in vitro qualitative assay for the detection of antibodies to individual proteins of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-l) in human oral fluid specimens obtained with the OraSure HIV-l Oral Specimen Collection Device.
The OraSure HIV-l Western Blot Kit is not intended for use with blood, serum/plasma or urine specimens, or for screening or reinstating potential blood donors.”
“The Reveal” Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test is intended for use as a point-of-care test to aid in the diagnosis of infection with HIV -1. This test is suitable for use in multi-test algorithms designed for statistical validation of rapid HIV test results.”