Monday, November 21, 2005

HIV/AIDS Denial and Death

Christine Maggiore, an HIV-positive former clothing executive who is convinced that HIV does not cause AIDS, refused to take AZT to prevent maternal-fetal transmission of the virus or have her children tested. Maggiore is the author of an HIV skeptical book and has gone on numerous TV shows to argue for her views. Her 3-year-old daughter, Eliza Jane Scovill, died in September, and the coroner diagnosed the cause of death as AIDS-related pneumonia.

Maggiore has now found another HIV/AIDS denier, a veterinary pathologist and toxicologist, to criticize and question the coroner's report. Orac dissects the vet's criticisms here.

(For more on HIV/AIDS skepticism, I recommend Steve Harris' "The AIDS Heresies" which was published in Skeptic magazine vol. 3, no. 2, 1995.)

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