House of Numbers

House of Numbers, a 2009 Documentary by Brent Leung (IMDB) takes on the most controversial human rights and human health issue of the last fifty years. Asking the un-askable, questioning the un-questionable, Mr. Leung uncovers the mass of information about HIV testing and the AIDS diagnosis that is daily suppressed by government and media, and hidden from public view.

- Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Laureate for Discovery of HIV, in the documentary “House of Numbers,” 2009

INTERVIEWEES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Mark Conlan, Dr. John P. Moore, Dr. Donald P. Francis, Dr. Hans R. Gelderblom, Eleni Papadopulos, MSc; Dr. Robert Gallo, Street Interview England, Street Interview Australia, Dr. Kary Mullis, Dr. James Chin, Dr. Peter H. Duesberg, Dr. Reinhard Kurth, Dr. Niel T. Constantine (voice over in testing), Dr. Harold Jaffe, Celia Farber, Neville Hodgkinson, and Dr. Luc Montagnier.

See the movie, and decide for yourself if AIDS medicine is sane medicine.

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“We can be exposed to HIV many times without being chronically infected. Our immune system will get rid of the virus within a few weeks, if you have a good immune system.”

- Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Laureate for Discovery of HIV, in the documentary “House of Numbers,” 2009


Lucky Luke – you should listen to the HON trailer more closely, I believe Dr. Montagnier said “clinically infected.” This makes his point even more powerfully.
His “Franglais” is problematic, as is the whole issue. Au revoir.


Movie Review-House of Numbers

What is AIDS? Are you sure?

By ARIENNE HOLLAND • The Tennessean • April 14, 2009

Do you know the difference between HIV and AIDS? Do you know how many people are infected worldwide? Do you know whether you can trust an HIV test?

How do you know?

Filmmaker Brent W. Leung — born in 1980, just before the earliest outbreaks of the disease — wanted answers. “You might say I am member of the first HIV/AIDS generation. I’ve never known a world without it,” he introduces himself in his documentary, House of Numbers.

Leung’s candid interviews with the HIV/AIDS experts who discovered, named, tested, counted and treated the disease reveal more dissent than agreement about the epidemic.
As Leung’s journey takes him across the globe — New York, Shanghai, London, Paris, Australia, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland — he only finds more questions.

Does HIV even exist? That’s debatable.

If it exists, does it cause AIDS? That’s debatable.
Is there a definitive way to diagnose AIDS? That’s debatable.

Can you test positive in one country, and negative in another? That’s clear: yes.

In a train station in Johannesburg, South Africa, Leung takes his own rapid-screening HIV test. The result — well, you’ll have to find out. But can he believe it?

Rapid-screening tests, which test only for antibodies to HIV, are used in most developing countries, while more advanced Western medical testing uses both a screening test and a confirmatory test to eliminate false positives.
But even in Western countries, Leung interviews several individuals tested again and again, each time with a different outcome.

In the end, Leung wonders: Are HIV/AIDS statistics overinflated by poor testing and poor diagnosis? If so, are the billions of dollars spent on AIDS research and drugs useful, when more money spent fighting poverty would boost immunity more quickly?

Watching the debate between scientists, statisticians, politicians, advocates, and of course, sufferers will challenge any viewer’s existing beliefs about HIV/AIDS. And regardless, there is still no cure.

But one of the most poignant, revealing moments of House of Numbers is Leung’s interview with a South African woman.
“A lot of people here is very sick and is very dying,” she said.

“What kind of sickness do you see around here?” Leung asks.

“It’s HIV/AIDS,” she explains.

“What is AIDS?” Leung asks.

With frustration, and a shrug of the shoulders, she exclaims, “We don’t know. We don’t know!”


Folio Weekly – Jacksonville Arts and Opinion

“No Closer to a Cure”

A new AIDS documentary leaves us with more questions than answers

Just prior to the closing credits of Brent Leung’s “House of Numbers,” the famous Arthur Schopenhauer quotation appears on the screen: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” It’s unclear whether the controversial information presented in the documentary will ever be accepted as self-evident, as the German philosopher promised, but it’s sure to face some opposition.

Leung, a self-described product of the first generation to grow up in the era of AIDS, interviews a collection of AIDS experts — from scientists to journalists to people who’ve lived with the disease for decades — to answer questions that have long surrounded this deadly disease. In the end, he draws three bold conclusions: HIV/AIDS tests are at best flawed, and probably inaccurate; doctor prescribed remedies are deadly in their own right; and global HIV/AIDS statistics have been inflated to the point of absurdity.

The audience is left to wonder, “Does HIV even exist? And if it does, does it actually cause AIDS?”

Interviews with passersby from England to Africa make clear that the average person isn’t 100 percent sure what constitutes the difference between HIV and AIDS. More disturbing are myriad experts Leung interviews — from organizations including UNAIDS and the Centers for Disease Control — who are unable to define exactly what HIV and AIDS really are. There are approximately 12 different definitions of AIDS worldwide, which essentially means a person could be diagnosed positive in one country and not in another. And methods for testing have been discovered to have a large margin for error, especially in many African nations where so-called “rapid” blood tests are used in conjunction with personal information to diagnose patients.

For instance, you’re more likely to be diagnosed as being HIV positive if you’ve had unprotected sex, use intravenous drugs or are homosexual. In some instances, positive test results are followed up with negative results, then indeterminate results, then positive results again, leading one expert to wonder aloud, “How can we say HIV causes AIDS when we don’t know if anyone actually has HIV?”

As far as what causes AIDS, some theories presented in the film sound outrageous, at least initially, to members of the generation brought up to regard the disease as a sort of homicidal juggernaut. One doctor asserts that the AIDS epidemic that swept the gay community in the early ’80s was the result of amyl nitrate abuse in the form of “poppers,” which appear to have caused — in conjunction with other behaviors and STDs that weaken the immune system, two of the most prominent indicators of AIDS: pneumocystis pneumonia and Kaposi’s sarcoma.

One expert insists that AIDS isn’t a single disease, but rather a bunch of diseases; he claims it’s simply been easier for the public safety PR machine to label it as only one. What actually kills people, the film asserts, are the toxic treatments AIDS patients are given, many of which produce side effects that can be mistaken for symptoms of the disease itself.

Of course, not everyone in the medical community agrees that AIDS and HIV are some grand fallacy. Robert Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology, laughs as he insists, “What can I tell you? It exists.”

Of course, the science of HIV/AIDS can’t be settled in a documentary film, a medium that speaks a dramatic, not clinical language. And the film has already been criticized by some prominent researchers, who labeled it AIDS Denialism and fear it may encourage people at risk of infection to ignore prevention or treatment. But there’s no question that, despite nearly three decades of research, many fundamental questions about AIDS remain. If nothing else, “House of Numbers” may be the genesis of an interesting dialogue.

Gwynedd Stuart


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