Letters

President Mbeki might have a case on rethinking AIDS

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7331.237 (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:237
  1. Stuart W Dwyer, part time district surgeon (forensic medical officer) (swdwyer@eastcape.net)
  1. Postnet Suite #5, Private Bag X1672, Grahamstown, 6140 South Africa

    EDITOR—As a prison medical officer in South Africa, I partly agree with President Mbeki's sceptical view of current statistical research into HIV infection and AIDS.1

    The research data tend to be formulated from actuarial models and short trials in pregnant women attending antenatal clinics. Pregnancy is known to cause a raised rate of false positive results on testing for HIV infection with enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results of such research lead …

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