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Systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence for increasing numbers of drugs in antiretroviral combination therapy

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:757

Re: Stop Giving People Toxic Drugs: HIV Does Not Cause AIDS

Web editor's note: As originally posted, this response included Dr Val
Turner among the contributors, without his knowledge. His name was
removed on 11 April 2002.

The Huw Christie Memorial Prize: £10,000 Reward for 'HIV'

Offered by Alexander Russell 5th April 2002

"...infectious units, after all, are the only clinically relevant
criteria for a viral pathogen."
Peter Duesberg and Harvey Bialy (Nature, 375, 1995, p. 197)

"You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not
the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists." Abbie Hoffman

April 5th, 2002 - I am offering £10,000 Reward for the first person
who can prove that 'HIV' exists. (see full details below).

Hans Gelderblom of Berlin's Robert Koch Institute co-authored the
first paper in Virology, March 1997, showing 'purified HIV' to be
'purified microvesicles'. What was assumed to be 'purified HIV' was in
fact "an excess of vesicles" - particles of cellular proteins. The
hypothetical 'HIV' is in fact a collection of endogenous microvesicles and
cellular proteins (which also never seem to form particles - so how can
they be infectious)? Cell-free viral 'HIV' particles have never ever been
visualised in any freshly donated bodily fluid including semen, blood,
etc. 'HIV' has never ever proven to be a sexually transmitted retrovirus.

The key fact to remember is that cell-free infectious 'HIV' viral
particles have never, repeat never, been recovered from fresh donor semen.
It is homophobic nonsense to say 'HIV' is sexually transmitted via anal
sex as well as scientifically totally unproven. 'HIV' is not an STD.

The rules demonstrating the existence of 'HIV' (and retroviruses in
general) were never adhered to by those who devised them nor were they
ever validated. No particle of 'HIV' has ever been obtained pure, free of
contaminants; nor has a complete piece of 'HIV RNA' (or the transcribed
DNA) ever been proved to exist.

The immunological-stressors of the 'gay life style' (recreational
drug use, antibiotics, flu jabs, alcoholism, untreated STDs, etc) can make
many gay men test 'HIV' positive. Gay men are testing 'HIV' positive not
because of the non-existent 'HIV' but because of over 70 conditions which
make the test run 'positive'. All 'HIV' testing kits come with the warning
that they must not and cannot be used as diagnostic tools to prove 'HIV'

So confident am I that no such electron-micrograph evidence for the
existence of 'HIV' can be produced by adhering strictly to the Etienne de
Harven methodology, I am prepared to offer the sum of £10,000 to the first
person to submit just such a micrograph, prepared under stringent
laboratory conditions. I do not want 'markers' for 'viral activity' which
are at very best, inaccurate. I want visual evidence of myriad active,
infectious viral particles, clearly morphologically defined recovered from
a fresh sample of bodily fluid, unadulterated with any other kinds of
cells: i.e: CEM,H9 cancer cells. As Peter Duesberg and Harvey Bialy stated
in Nature: "...infectious units, after all, are the only clinically
relevant criteria for a viral pathogen." (Nature, 375, 1995, p. 197) Once
again, to paraphrase Peter Duesberg, an alleged 'virus' which is not doing
anything cannot be 'causing' anything.

The rules for attempting to isolate the putative 'HIV' via the
Etienne de Harven methodology are:

1. Only plasma centrifuged from fresh whole blood may be used in the
experiment. No material derived from cultured cells will be considered, to
rule out 'viral particles' which may be merely cultural artefacts.

2. The donor blood/plasma must be taken from a person/persons with a
recent 'high-viral load' test result, and evidence for the date and result
of the test (the number of 'HIV'- RNA's alleged) must be submitted,
obviously with the name of the person/persons deleted to preserve donor

3. The donor must not be in receipt of protease inhibitors, AZT or
any 'antiviral drugs'.

4. Only cold heparinised Ringer's solution may be used to dilute the
plasma 1/1 ( i.e. 50%).

5. The diluted plasma shall be first filtered by aspiration-
filtration, through a 0.6 millipore membrane. The resulting filtrate #1
will then be filtered again, this time using a 0.22 millipore membrane and
filtrate #2 will be submitted to ultracentrifugation.

6. Centrifugation at 30,000 g for two hours will be used to prepare a
pellet, likely to be extremely small. This pellet will be fixed with
glutaraldehyde and osmium, then carefully detached and embedded in epoxy
resins following routine EM procedures.

7. The electronmicrograph shall be at least 19,500 x magnification,
and must resemble that published in Fig.1 of this article for particle
size and shape, but with one notable and important variation. 'HIV' has
been deemed to be a lentivirus, possessing a dense core of truncated
conical shape. An ultrathin slice of randomly packed lentiviruses must
inevitably show a number of particles bisected to show this core
lengthwise, as well as end-on, with a resultant apparent mixture of round
and 'rod-shaped' dense cores. Any micrograph which does not clearly show
this feature will be deemed not to represent the lentivirus 'HIV'.

8. This challenge is open to any qualified scientists, or
microbiology students/lab technicians with the necessary lab skills and
facilities to carry out the work.

Photographs of the required electron-micrograph(s) plus full details
of the methodology, along with brief details of the senders'
qualifications, must be sent to me at:

NB: Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Toronto. He worked
in electron microscopy primarily on the ultrastructure of retroviruses
throughout his professional career of 25 years at the Sloan Kettering
Institute in New York, and 13 years at the University of Toronto.

Alexander Russell 5th April, 2002

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 April 2002
Alexander H Russell
AIDS Researcher
Mike Verbey-Elliot, Dr Stefan Lanka
Basement Flat, 6 Handel Street, London WC1N 1PB