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Canada supports agency criticised as an “AIDS denier”

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1306
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A Canadian agency that has been supported financially by the Canadian government has come under strong criticism for being an “AIDS denier.” The agency carries claims on its website that HIV is neither necessary nor sufficient to cause AIDS and that the number of AIDS cases worldwide has been manipulated and is really decreasing rather than increasing.

    The views on the website of InterPares (, a non-governmental agency, run counter to those stated on the Canadian federal health department's own website (

    InterPares describes itself as supporting “social justice work” in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 2002, it received $C5m (£2.2m; $3.8m; €;3.2m) from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

    Dr Mark Wainberg, director of the AIDS Centre at McGill University, Montreal, and formerly president of the International AIDS Society, …

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