On June 5th of 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported
that five young
men, "all active homosexuals", were diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in Los Angeles, California. At this point, the government
run agency (CDC) had no idea what they had on their hands. In those early days and years, as more homosexual men began showing up in clusters with
similar diseases, the CDC would continue with their reports, reporting of
"Persistent, Generalized Lymphadenopathy among Homosexual Males", while also reporting
"Opportunistic Infections and Kaposi's Sarcoma among Haitians in the United States". Still, the CDC had no idea what to call this
It was the New York Times who, in 1982 first brought the name
(Gay Related Immune Deficiency) to the spotlight, even though they had also reported that researchers were calling it
"A.I.D." for Acquired Immune Deficiency. Finally, on July 27th, 1982 the CDC agreed upon
a name for the plauge
and because they had found
that the sickness was not limited to gay men, they called it AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
today tells us: "By September 1982 the CDC started using the name AIDS, and properly defined
the illness." I am pointing to this because of that sites use of language "properly defined the illness", however as you will see this "proper"
definition has changed through the years in order to fit the theory that has been largely presented as fact to the public, but before we get there,
please indulge me with a bit more history of this very real and most disturbing disease we now call AIDS.
While the CDC and NIH were scrambling to determine how to handle this new mysterious disease an ambitious retro-virologist by the name of
had long been working with T lymphocytes in his lab. Along with his colleagues
Doris Morgan and Frank Ruscetti, the three co-authored a report
called "Selective in vitro
growth of T lymphocytes from normal human bone marrows." This led to HTLV (Human T cell Lymphoma Leukemia Virus, the first retrovirus identified in
humans. This discovery later led to this report:
"Natural antibodies to human retrovirus HTLV
in a cluster of Japanese patients with adult T cell leukemia."
Gallo and his lab of scientist had found a link between a retrovirus and a form of leukemia. It is generally accepted in modern medicine that cancer,
including leukemia, is caused by radical cell growth:
Viruses. Acute T cell leukemia is associated with infection by the human T cell leukemia virus (HTLV); human lymphotrophic virus-1 causes leukemia
in humans. In infected individuals, HTLV proteins attach themselves to proteins in the lymphocytes responsible for regulating cell growth and corrupt
their functions resulting in the uncontrolled cell growth of leukemia (Uchiyama T 1997). This type of leukemia is rare in the United States and is
generally found in Asia and parts of the Caribbean.
However, on May 4th of 1984, Gallo and his associates published four separate papers:
Detection, isolation, and continuous production of cytopathic retroviruses (HTLV-III) from patients
with AIDS and pre-AIDS.
Frequent detection and isolation of cytopathic retroviruses (HTLV-III) from patients with AIDS and at
risk for AIDS.
Serological analysis of a subgroup of human T-lymphotropic retroviruses (HTLV-III) associated with
Antibodies reactive with human T-lymphotropic retroviruses (HTLV-III) in the serum of patients with
These four papers combined demonstrated that Gallo's lab had isolated a retrovirus they called HTLV III and called such because they believed that
somehow this new strain of a retrovirus was related to their earlier work with the retrovirus causing leukemia. Where it was accepted that this
leukemia was caused by radical cell growth facilitated by the HTLV, now these scientist were positing that this retrovirus, or a very similar virus
was the cause of cell depletion. (AIDS, as it had been posited, was caused by a depletion of T-Cells). More recently, this notion that T-Cell
depletion as the cause of AIDS has been challenged: Virally induced CD4+ T cell depletion is not
sufficient to induce AIDS in a natural host.
For Gallo and his colleagues back in 1984, however, the postulate was made that a retrovirus they
had advocated as being a source of radical cell growth was now being advocated as a source of radical cell depletion. This is an oversimplification,
but it still begs the question as to why and how these scientists made such a conclusion?
Earlier, in May of 1983, Dr. Luc Montagnier
and his team from the
reported they had isolated a virus strain found in AIDS patients they
called LAV. The Pasteur Institute sent a sample to the CDC who then passed it on to the NCI (National Cancer Institute). While Montagnier and his
cohorts were the one to isolate the virus, it was Gallo and his cohorts who took credit for it, boldly declaring it was the cause of AIDS, developing
an HIV test and patenting that test. Controversy ensued
and the Pasteur
Institute challenged the patent. This is the standard story told.
What should be noted is that Robert Gallo, on April 23rd of 1984, made an announcement at an international press conference that he had discovered the
"probable cause of AIDS". Take note of the dates of the four papers I linked above by Gallo and his cohorts. Each of those papers were published
in May of 1984, but before this Gallo had circumvented the rules of the scientific process by making this bold claim before any research had been done
to bear out his claim and predictions. The day after Gallo's announcement
The New York Times
added an air
of legitimacy to his claims and with that all funding in the search for any non-viral causes of AIDS was halted and the focus was placed entirely upon
the newly named HIV retrovirus.