Eugenics is Today’s AIDS Science

by Liam Scheff

Population control, anyone?

Yes!” Say these eugenicists:

Project Prevention is already operating in parts of Kenya, where it is paying women living with HIV U$40 to accept long-term contraception. A doctor is paid U$7 per patient.

In Kenya, Project Prevention is working in Nyanza province where they place woman in groups of between 10 and 15 and give them a pooled amount of money to begin income-generating activities in return for accepting intrauterine devices (IUDs) as long-term contraception. Each woman then receives around R280 in return.

It might, of course, be of concern to women being targeted for life-long chemical birth control (ie, sterilization by pill), or irreversible surgical laparoscopy, to understand the rationale for WHY they are being so targeted. If “HIV positive” is the reason, then we must ask ourselves what “HIV positive means.”

And it means?

From the manufacturer’s disclaimer’s on the major tests, and the major medical literature:

“At present there is no recognized standard for establishing the presence or absence of antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human blood.” – Abbott Labs HIV test – the industry ‘standard.’

“No standard,” means no way to determine a positive, or a negative, or one from the other.

How does this play out in real life? Everybody and anybody, and anything, can test “positive”:

“False-positive ELISA test results can be caused by alloantibodies resulting from transfusions, transplantation, or pregnancy, autoimmune disorders, malignancies, alcoholic liver disease, or for reasons that are unclear.” – Archives of Family Medicine, 2000

“For reasons that are unclear!” Well, sign me up. Sounds ‘scientific,’ doesn’t it?

“[I]t is very important to remind patients and clinicians that influenza vaccination may cause cross-reactivity with HIV antibody assays. The time course for such cross-reactivity remains uncertain.” – NEJM, 2008

That is, flu and other vaccination is a cause of “HIV positive” results. Do you think these tests ought to be used to sterilize African women?

“Alloimmune mice (mice that have been exposed to cells from another murine [mouse] strain) were shown to make antibodies against gp 120 and p24 of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and mice of the autoimmune strains MRL-_tpr/lpr_ and MRL-+/+ made antibodies against gp120. This is surprising because the mice were not exposed to HIV.” – Science, 1991

Which means? That mice, for no reason, have proteins that make the ‘HIV test’ come up positive…

Do you want to take this test?

“Heterophile [normal, human and animal, cross-reacting] antibodies are a well-recognized cause of erroneous results in immunoassays. We describe here a 22-month-old child with heterophile antibodies reactive with bovine [Cow] serum albumin and caprine [Goat] proteins causing false-positive results to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and other infectious serology testing.” – Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 1999

What does it mean? In English – cow and goat proteins that were part of the test itself – made the test ‘test positive!’

But among the poor, this just doesn’t seem to matter. Positive or negative, they’re all positive when they’re black enough:

“[The test’s] error rate won’t matter much in areas with a high prevalence of HIV, because in all probability the people testing false-positive will have the disease. But if the same test was performed on 1,000 white, affluent suburban housewives – a low-prevalence population – in all likelihood all positive results will be false, and positive predictive values plummet to zero.” – AIDS Alert, 1998

And so, let’s sterilize women, just like ‘we’ (the Western powers) have all over the world, for decades…for the better part of a century. From Cold Spring Harbor, to Carrie Buck, to Margaret Sanger, to Himmler and Goebbels…to the UN Population Fund, to the Philippines, to India….


After the laparoscopy (sterilization) operation this young woman is helped outside. Photo by Nick Rain.

Western ‘scientists’ and do-gooders nary meet a poor women they don’t want to prevent from giving birth.

A big ‘thank you,’ by the way, can be made to Barbara Harris, founder of ‘Project Prevention,‘ who loves to be very concerned about the sex lives of others. As she’s stated, in reference to drug addicts:

We don’t allow dogs to breed. We spay them. We neuter them. We try to keep them from having unwanted puppies, and yet then women are literally having litters of children.”

Thanks Barbara, for sharing your insights. History has a word for people like you, of course…

And that word is:

Eugenicist. Or, Nazi. Depending on your mood.

Read all about HIV testing at RTB’s “Test” section, and at ARAS.ca.ab/test.

Thanks to Terry Michael for forwarding the SFAIDS article.

2 thoughts on “Eugenics is Today’s AIDS Science

  1. http://safaids.net/content/us-project-planning-sterilise-hiv-women-south-africa

    US project planning to sterilise HIV+ women in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG, 5 May 2011 (Health-e) – A controversial US project that pays drug users and alcoholics to undergo sterilisation or long-term contraception, is setting its sights on women living with HIV in South Africa.

    Founder of Project Prevention Barbara Harris has confirmed that they were making plans to offer similar services to women living with HIV in South Africa as well as drug users.

    “We have had huge interest in South Africa from organisations and concerned citizens,” said Harris, adding that they would be joining forces with local non-governmental organisations.

    While she declined to identify them, she said “we have many wanting to work with us”. “How can anyone object to anything that can prevent innocent children suffering needlessly?” asked Harris.

    However, Professor Eddie Mhlanga, Chief Director for Maternal, Child and Women’s Health in the health department said they would approach the Human Rights Commission if the project started operating in South Africa.

    He also warned that doctors found co-operating with the organisation in any medical interventions would be reported to the Health Professions Council of South Africa. “We do not support it and we find it very worrisome,” said Mhlanga.

    Project Prevention is already operating in parts of Kenya, where it is paying women living with HIV U$40 to accept long-term contraception. A doctor is paid U$7 per patient.

    In Kenya, Project Prevention is working in Nyanza province where they place woman in groups of between 10 and 15 and give them a pooled amount of money to begin income-generating activities in return for accepting intrauterine devices (IUDs) as long-term contraception. Each woman then receives around R280 in return.

    A Project Prevention statement released in December last year said there was a need “…to work on getting women living with HIV/AIDS on long term birth control to prevent future pregnancies that may result in suffering children.”
    It also stated that long term birth control was the “only way those numbers will become fewer.”

    Project Prevention co-ordinator in Kenya Willice Okoth also confirmed they were planning to work in South Africa and claimed they were teaming up with “individuals” from a doctor and medical insurance network.

    Harris started the organisation in 1997 and has famously been quoted as saying in reference to drug addicts: “We don’t allow dogs to breed. We spay them. We neuter them. We try to keep them from having unwanted puppies, and yet then women are literally having litters of children.”

    Harris’ organisation started operating in the United Kingdom late last year, but her sterilisation attempts were met with stiff opposition from the British Medical Association. Project Prevention has since opted to offer payment for long-term sterilisation instead. Women in the US are paid U$300 (R2 100). Various medical interventions, some available to state patients in South Africa, enable women living with HIV to have perfectly healthy babies.

    “We cannot accept a situation where organisations come and exploit poor and defenseless people and we find it unethical that they are asking people to for a certain fee give up their reproductive rights,” said Mhlanga. “Why are they specifically targeting people who are drug users or living with HIV? They are no less people,” he said.

    Professor Di Cooper, head of the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town said the project went against the core of women’s sexual and reproductive rights recognised in the South African Constitution which gives women a free, non-coercive choice in terms of reproduction. “The offering of money could be seen as bribery and is effectively coercive.”

    She said the emphasis on “preventing innocent children suffering” and the “very derogatory” statement by Harris likening women to “breeding dogs” did not bode well. “This has no place within the human and reproductive rights culture in South Africa, particularly given our history of human and reproductive rights abuse under apartheid,” said Cooper.

    Dr Eric Goemaere of Medecins Sans Frontieres South Africa said the analogy with dogs was “very unfortunate” as it tends to trivialise the issue while access to family planning is a real issue in rural SA and many countries in Africa.

    “Key issues are of course the women’s choice, steering clear of any form of irreversible sterilisation,” he said.

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