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Cascades AIDS project receives large grant

The Cascades AIDS project has received a $1,929,875 HIV prevention grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist the ""Brother to Brother"" program with its HIV education and prevention efforts among high-risk gay and bisexual African American men.
""These funds will be a tremendous help in our efforts to keep Oregonians at highest risk HIV-negative,"" said Thomas Bruner, Cascade AIDS Project''s executive director. ""With 500 new reports of HIV or AIDS made to state health officials in 2003, we still have lots of work to do.""

The Brother to Brother program will use the funds to expand the reach of the ""Mpowerment"" program, an effort to educate young gay and bisexual men through a combination of informal and formal outreach, discussion groups, creation of safe spaces and social opportunities.

Other groups receiving grant funds include Outside In, for implementation of rapid HIV testing through outreach for high-risk gay and bisexual men, intravenous drug users and their partners; Project Quest, to promote the Healthy Relationships program for HIV-positive men and women at high risk for transmitting HIV; and Partnership Project, for expansion of prevention case management for HIV-positive men and women at high risk for transmitting HIV, and HIV-negative men and women at high risk for contracting HIV.

In Oregon, as many as 8,600 men, women and children are living with HIV or AIDS the majority of whom reside in the Portland metropolitan area. Another 3,068 Oregonians already have died from AIDS-related complications. In 2003, some 500 new reports of HIV or AIDS were made to state health officials.

homepage: homepage: http://www.cascadeaids.org/about.html


HIV has nothing to do with AIDS 12.Jul.2004 11:22

GRINGO STARS

Disagreement about HIV's role in causing AIDS has been curiously absent from public and scientific debate, even though many of the 700 M.D.'s and/or Ph.D.'s of The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis have published their reasons for their concern (Philpott 1999). Members of this group include current and former professors of molecular and cell biology at Harvard, Berkeley, and other prestigious universities, as well as two Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, Walter Gilbert and Kary Mullis. HIV is a "retrovirus", and Peter Duesberg, one of the earliest people to call for reappraisal, has been called the "father of retrovirology". David Rasnick, the president of the Society for the Scientific Reappraisal of AIDS, holds nine patents on protease inhibitors, the drugs claimed to have saved many people from the brink of death. And yet, Dr. Rasnick adamantly maintains that these drugs are contributing to, or directly causing their deaths rather than helping them. For a topic which has become so entrenched in the national and world-wide mindset, such a large number of dissenting voices among people with the highest credentials in their fields is unusual, to say the least, and yet researchers, health professionals, and the public have not been informed about the magnitude of the debate, or about the reasons why these dissenting scientists are questioning conventional dogma.

A list of 100 reasons HIV cannot cause AIDS:
 http://www.sickofdoctors.addr.com/articles/top100_aids_inconsistencies.htm

A BRIEF PRESENTATION;
 http://aidsmyth.addr.com/mythtv/aidsmythbuster_on.htm

MYTHS vs. TRUTH;
 http://healsd.topcities.com/lies.htm

The New Religion 12.Jul.2004 11:54

Gos

The New Religion: "Science"
("HIV" and other such nonsense...)

***WARNING: sense of humor required!!***
Check out this letter I wrote to EthicalAtheist.com:

Your Skeptics' Links page includes a serious omission of some serious
skeptics:

 http://www.virusmyth.net

I strongly encourage you to examine the facts about HIV and AIDS, and give
the subject the same sort of rigorous examination that you've given to the
existence of God. I am confident that you will be shocked to discover,
after such examination, that like God, HIV has never been proven to exist,
and in all probability does not exist.

You'll also be dismayed to find that science has, unfortunately, become yet
another religion.

This is particularly true of Western medicine. Prior to the 19th Century,
the masses of "lay people" were illiterate and ignorant of the Bible, and
were deliberately kept that way, so that the religious leadership could
maintain a position of power and economic advantage. Today, a "layperson"
is someone with little or no scientific training, and medical professionals
deliberately keep the lay public in ignorance of relevant medical facts, in
order to maintain their own lucrative and powerful positions in society.
They even go so far as to engage in the extensive use of Latin, just as the
Catholic Church once did, which serves the practical function of keeping
their "congregation" in a state of artificial incomprehension.

Applying this strictly to the "science" of HIV, and leaving the myriad of
other worthy considerations untouched, we find that the majority of
laypersons in Western society hold a great deal of faith in a virus that
they themselves have never seen, smelled, touched, tasted, or heard. This
in itself might be insignificant, if it weren't for the fact that this
belief is maintained despite the fact that scientists themselves have never
produced a single sample of purified virus to prove the existence of HIV,
in more than 20 years of the best-financed scientific research since
Christopher Columbus.

"But wait a minute," you ask, "if HIV has never been isolated or proven to
exist, just what are all these scientists studying in the lab?" I'm glad
you asked. What they're studying, in their own words, are "indirect
markers" for HIV. Antibodies, "viral" protein fragments, and other such
manifestations are not actual virus, and do not constitute isolation.

The significance of this may not be immediately obvious, so I'll draw an
analogy for you: We cannot see the air (unless, of course, we live in Los
Angeles,) but we can feel the wind, and see its effect on trees and other
objects in our environment. The wind, therefore, constitutes an "indirect
marker" for the air that we cannot see.

However, in practice, indirect markers are far more slippery, because they
only point to something that we cannot directly sense; they do not tell us
exactly what that something is. For example, I'm sure you've seen the
illustrations in children's books, of the "Cloud-man" in the sky who makes
the wind blow -- usually portrayed as a giant cloud with a face, whose
cheeks are puffed to blow the wind. Does the demonstrable existence of
wind prove the existence of the "Cloud-man"? Of course it doesn't.

Air, however, while it cannot be seen, can be collected, studied, measured,
and even separated into its component gases, whose properties can be
demonstrated and independently confirmed. "Cloud-man" cannot. This,
therefore, is how we know that air exists, and that "Cloud-man" does not.
Having never been isolated, HIV cannot be collected, much less studied,
measured, or otherwise examined.

"But what," you ask, "of the HIV antibody tests and the highly-accurate
viral load PCR tests that are capable of counting individual viral
particles in a patient's blood?" Again, I'm glad you asked, (and my but
aren't you full of intelligent questions today?) The only way to
corroborate the accuracy of an antibody test is to check it against the
presence or absence of the actual virus. The only way to do this is to
isolate the virus. Without isolation, it's entirely impossible to verify
the accuracy of any particular antibody test. This is why HIV tests all
come with disclaimers which state that the given test is not intended for
use as a sole diagnostic tool for HIV infection, and many come with a
disclaimer similar to the following: "At present, there is no recognized
standard for determining the presence or absence of HIV-1 infection." Read
that again. It might as well say, "For entertainment purposes only."

As for the viral load PCR tests, there's something very strange going on
here. The inventor of the PCR technique, Dr. Kary Mullis, who won the
Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993 for his invention of this highly-useful
scientific technique, is quite proud of its many legitimate uses. If you
visit his website, karymullis.com, you'll note that he extolls the many
uses of his invention, from the fields of archeology and anthropology to
the criminal forensic sciences. Yet, you'll note that nowhere in the site
does he make mention of the PCR technique's most common use: Measuring HIV
particles in the blood of AIDS patients. This is because Dr Mullis is not
proud of this particular use of his invention, because he sees it as
pseudo-scientific hokum.

In Dr. Mullis' own words, from the foreword of Dr. Peter Duesberg's book,
"Inventing the AIDS Virus":
"We [Drs Duesberg and Mullis] have not been able to discover any good
reasons why most of the people on earth believe that AIDS is a disease
caused by a virus called HIV. There is simply no scientific evidence
demonstrating that this is true.

We have also not been able to discover why doctors prescribe a toxic drug
called AZT (Zidovudine) to people who have no other complaint than the
presence of antibodies to HIV in their blood. In fact, we cannot understand
why humans would take that drug for any reason.

We cannot understand how all this madness came about, and having both lived
in Berkeley, we've seen some strange things indeed. We know that to err is
human, but the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake."

Also, if the viral load PCR test were accurate at all, it could be used as
a sole marker for HIV infection, since those who didn't have HIV would
theoretically not have a detectable viral load. This, shockingly, is not
the case. In fact, it is the standard practice of physicians in the West
that viral load PCR tests are NEVER to be done on anyone who has not
already tested "positive" on the ELISA and Western Blot antibody tests. If
you ask your doctor about this, he'll tell you that this is because you
might show a viral load on the test, even if you were HIV-negative. The
same standards might easily be applied to "test" for the presence or
absence of Satan in a person's soul, with equally convincing results.

Since the "discovery" of HIV in 1984 by Dr. Robert Gallo (a "discovery"
whose history I encourage you to investigate for yourself, though I warn
you that you'll be appalled by what you find,) modern virology has
continually presented us with virus scares that have little, if any, true
scientific basis, and which defy the laws of virology and epidemiology:

HIV: Allegedly discovered by Dr. Robert Gallo, who previously had
"discovered" no fewer than two retroviruses that, in his opinion, caused
leukemia. Of these, one, HL23-V, has been proven nonexistent, and the
other, HTLV-1, has never been conclusively linked with leukemia. In 1994,
Dr Gallo was stripped of his patents for his "discovery", as it was found
that he'd actually stolen the work of Dr. Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur
Institute. Without missing a beat, Dr. Gallo changed his tune about HIV:
Suddenly, HIV by itself cannot cause AIDS, and needs another virus to act
as a "co-factor". Can you guess the name of Dr. Gallo's "AIDS co-factor"
virus? Why, it's our old friend HTLV-1, the virus that didn't cause
leukemia, resurrected as the new AIDS virus. What a coincidence that a
single scientist managed to "discover" both of the viruses that, in
combination, supposedly cause AIDS, and what greater coincidence that he
serendipitously discovered one of them before he'd even begun AIDS
research, and was still seeking the virus that causes leukemia. What are
the odds, huh? I guess that this must prove that there IS a God.
Curiously, AIDS "experts" commonly refer to AIDS as an "epidemic" or even a
"pandemic", despite the fact that statistics fail to support the use of
such words. Cambridge Dictionary defines "pandemic" as, "(of a disease)
existing in almost all of an area or in almost all of a group of people,
animals or plants". Globally, fewer than 1 out of every 1400 people are
estimated to be infected with HIV. This describes neither an epidemic nor
a pandemic. It is also worth noting that, according to the World Health
Organization, over 95% of all HIV cases reside in third-world countries
where the facilities necessary for diagnosing HIV infection are virtually
nonexistent, which, in turn, means that over 95% of all of the estimated
4.2 million HIV infections in the world cannot be either confirmed nor
disproven. Convenient, huh?

SARS: Supposedly an airborne coronavirus, and highly contagious. Despite
this, only a few isolated outbreaks have been reported, and only a few
cases in each outbreak have been "confirmed", by the same sorts of
standards whereby we "confirm" HIV infection. Worldwide, the SARS death
toll, even if we take the most pessimistic estimate, is so small that it
vanishes in the noise-floor of ordinary mortality. SARS also marks the
first time that viral "isolation" has been accomplished on a computer
screen rather than in a lab. All of the pictures that you've seen in the
news of the SARS virus are actually computer-generated graphics. To date,
there are no actual pictures of the SARS virus itself.

West Nile: Supposedly a mosquito-borne virus, this year's first cases in
America were reported only this past week, in Arizona and New Mexico, in
the month of May. I challenge you to find a single mosquito in either
state at this time of year. Last year, Colorado led the nation in West
Nile cases, despite the fact that Colorado is not known for its mosquito
population. Nearly 11% of the cumulative total of all West Nile related
deaths since the beginning of the "epidemic" occurred in Colorado in 2003.
Curiously, heavily mosquito-infested states like Louisiana and Florida seem
to have been more or less ignored by this supposedly mosquito-borne virus,
in favor of states like Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Monkeypox: Viruses, by nature, tend to be cell- and species-specific. For
example, the common cold virus is incapable of infecting human brain cells,
or indeed, any cell other than the cells in the mucuous membranes of the
human upper respiratory tract, and it is also impossible for you to pass
your cold on to your dog or cat. Not so with Monkeypox, which seems to
indiscriminately jump from species to species with ease. The lay public is
largely unaware of this obvious conflict with the known laws of virology,
and the Chicken Little "scientists" who perpetuate the virus scare
blatantly ignore it.

Ebola, Marburg, etc.: About 10 years or so ago, the book "Hot Zone" and
the movie "Outbreak" treated the American public to the spectacle of the
next panic, which was to fill the void between the Cold War and the
terrorism threat: Killer viruses from Africa. Ebola, in particular, is
said to destroy connective tissue, dissolving internal organs, until the
victim becomes nothing more than a bag of blood and bones, and literally
explodes. Despite being allegedly highly-contagious, none of these
supposed viruses has ever presented a serious outbreak on the African
continent itself, and all have failed to spread elsewhere. Numerous
expeditions to the same regions of Africa that supposedly spawned these
viruses (including the AIDS virus), have unearthed zero in terms of clues
as to the origins of these alleged viruses, or how they manage to infect
humans.

What more do I need to convince you that science has replaced Christianity
as the religion of our times? Do you need fire-and-brimstone predictions?
We've got that, in the form of the numerous virus scares listed above.
Would you be convinced if you saw the orthodox leadership denouncing their
detractors as irresponsible and dangerous? It's been done. All we really
need, to make it official, is a case of Immaculate Infection.

...Oh, wait. What about Kimberly Bergalis, the Virgin Mother of
heterosexual AIDS? I'll leave it to you to discover the facts of that case
for yourself.

---Gos

 http://www.aliveandwell.org

$66,000 per person to prevent HIV? 12.Jul.2004 14:59

Cody

Let me see if I understand this Cascades AIDS Project grant correctly. It is $1,929,875.00. It is to assist their "Brother to Brother" program focused on HIV education for "high risk" gay and bisexual African American men. How many "high risk" gay or bisexual African American men are there in our community?

According to the 2003 US Census, Multnomah County has an African American population of 5.7%. The surrounding counties, Washington with 1.1% and Clackamas with .07%, don't account on a percentage basis for very many African Americans. Let's stay with Multnomah County. A population of 677,000 folks in Multnomah County gives us 38,589 African Americans.

About half (19,294) are women and half (19,294)are men. It is generally believed somewhere between 5 to 10% of the population is homosexual. No one seems to know what the bisexual percentage is. However, using the larger of the estimates, there are 1,929 gay or bisexual African American men in this county. Certainly not all of them can be considered "high risk!" What is the real number of "high risk" gay and bisexual African American men?

In 2003 there were a total of 500 NEW cases of AIDS and HIV in Oregon. It is likely many of those NEW cases of AIDS had earlier been reported as NEW cases of HIV. I would suggest the number of 500 includes many folks twice as they were counted in earlier statistics of new HIV cases. It is not 500 NEW cases coming to the attention of public health officials. Rather, some HIV cases moved over to AIDS and were reported as NEW in a second classification.

Of these 500 "new" cases, how many are African American men? The African American population is counted at 5.7% of the general population. Could they represent 5.7% of the "New" cases? That would mean about 29 of them were African American. $1,929,875 to prevent 29 men from getting HIV. $66,547. a man to prevent HIV. Or, is the number of newly diagnosed African Americans significantly higher than that? If it is, why? Should this money be used to treat addictions? Should it be used to provide vocational trainings and education? Should it be used to build strong family infrastructures?

This money continually repeats the same message other money before it used. "PROTECTION!" Don't talk about cultural differences, special needs within communities of color, heritage, how hard it is to use protection in this or that community. It's simple folks. Don't share needles. Don't fuck with out condoms. That's all there is to it. Apparently this message didn't work. Why should it work this time?

Don't do poppers. Don't do hard drugs. Don't take AZT or cocktails. 12.Jul.2004 20:32

GRINGO STARS

AIDS is not sexually transmitted, or transmitted by needles. It is iatrogenic - caused by the so-called "remedies" provided by the AIDS industry. Read the above links.

Wait a second... 13.Jul.2004 22:10

Hold up

I'm just confused. No need for mr. stars to get all worked up. I'm just confused about all the people that died (and continue to do so) from HIV/AIDS. All these sites seem to prove is that the drugs are dangerous but they don't address why they were administered in the first place. Sure, the drugs are toxic but what about before the drugging? What about HIV? What killed so many people? None of the sites makes it clear just what started it all. What did all of original HIV/AIDS cases die from? For many years there were no drugs and there were no doctors. People just died. What were they dying from before the toxic AIDS drugs? The numbers appear to be too large to be something unconnected...
Anyone ready to explain is welcome...as I said, I'm just confused (reposting of a bunch of links is not helpful).

They died from chronic hard drug use (including poppers) 13.Jul.2004 23:54

GRINGO STARS

Poppers were almost exclusively used by gay males during the gay scene in 70s and 80s, as were also cocaine, methamphetamines, and other hard drugs. The promiscuous gay scene at the time was rife with hard drug use. Hard drugs have been well known to cause immunosuppression. Especially poppers, which even gay males who shunned other drugs, used.

Seriously, the links I provide are for your use, if you are truly interested. If you follow them, all your questions can be answered. Th eproblem is, in part, peoples' need to be spoon-fed information, which results in people being spoon-fed propaganda. You should think for yourself. But you need the knowledge to do so.

Overprescription of antibiotics is also a well-known cause of immunosuppression.

No one denies that these people died because of immunosuppression. But the 29 AIDS-defining diseases have been with humanity for centuries. But the drug scene that came into being with the gay scene of the 70s, especially the 80s, was a new environment.

What soon happened, after the bogus HIV hypothesis was widely publicized before it was even peer-reviewed or published, was that people got HIV tests (despite the fact that HIV might or might not even exist), then took the lethal drugs that the AIDS drug industry provided, killing them.

In Africa, people are dying of malnutrition by the thousands, as they have in Africa ever since the colonial era.

A good article describing the REAL reasons people die of so-called AIDS:
 http://www.virusmyth.net/aids/data/pddrchemical.pdf

Facts not Speculation 21.Mar.2006 14:26

Bob

Facts -> Reality. Speculation and half-truth -> error.

Please check out:

AIDSTruth.org