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Egypt's Military Regime Still Pushing Bogus HIV, Hepatitis "Cure"

The so-called 'miracle' device originally made media headlines in February when it was slammed for its tenuous grasp of the science surrounding both life-threatening diseases.

Published
09 July 2014
From
Poz magazine news
Researcher Admits to HIV Vaccine Fraud

United States prosecutors have filed charges against a researcher who admitted to fraudulently reporting data while conducting research for a HIV vaccine. Dong-Pyou Han, a former laboratory manager at Iowa State University, admitted to putting human antibodies into samples of rabbit’s blood to create the illusion that an experimental vaccine was potentially effective. After millions in grants from the National Institutes of Health and years of work, another laboratory discovered irregularities that showed the results were false.

Published
26 June 2014
From
Guardian Liberty Voice
Media Cooks Up Claim That Soy Sauce Treats, Even Cures HIV

Numerous media outlets have erroneously reported that soy sauce contains an ingredient that treats or even may cure HIV.

Published
15 May 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Killing With Kindness - How HIV Denialism Murders Women

Today, Friday 25 April, on the 30th anniversary of the isolation of HIV, the School of Oriental and African Studies is screening a film by a German director that denies HIV is the cause of AIDS and that, instead, HIV treatments probably are.

Published
25 April 2014
From
Huffington Post
You're Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many

About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, but some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, a survey shows. Three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures as believe that a U.S. spy agency infected African Americans with HIV.

Published
19 March 2014
From
Reuters
Egypt claims miracle cure for HIV and Hepatitis

Almost certainly a political miracle rather than a medical one, Egypt's claim to have an instant cure for HIV and Hepatitis shows the lengths the coup leaders will go for legitimacy.

Published
27 February 2014
From
The Commentator
Stories Claim Marijuana Fights HIV and Should be Tested in Patients - Extrapolating From Small Animal Trial

Competent medical reporters know better than to raise hopes regarding any disease following a single trial in animals. And yet, a couple of news outlets ran with headlines declaring that pot fights AIDS, and suggested that the lack of enthusiasm in the medical community was all due to the illicit nature of the drug.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Knight Science Journalism Tracker
HIV Denial and “Just Asking Questions”

The “just asking questions” maneuver is familiar to many skeptics. The idea is to feign neutrality, to insulate oneself from accountability or being held to answer for any specific position, but meanwhile to sow doubt about a scientific claim by raising (dubious) questions.

Published
18 February 2014
From
Science-Based Medicine
Crowd-funded HIV vaccine project sparks debate

The Immunity Project is an initiative to crowd-source money to make a new HIV vaccine. However many scientists are sceptical: "It seems like they’re going straight to the public and making appeals to emotion because they don’t have the scientific background to establish themselves in the research community," says virologist Abbie Smith at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Published
11 February 2014
From
Nature
HIV Denialists Testify at Criminal Trial of Georgia Man

Two medical professionals testified in court that a Georgia man accused of knowingly exposing women to HIV could not be found guilty because no test can prove conclusively that he—or anyone—has HIV. One suggested that the defendant's use of crack cocaine could have caused his HIV diagnosis.

Published
30 January 2014
From
Poz magazine news
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