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NIAID paper : HIV causes AIDSDeveloped countriesDrug-AIDS connectionGay males : Vancouver study
Can Epidemiology Determine Whether Drugs or HIV Cause AIDS?
 Duesberg Peter
  (Schechter, M.T., Craib, K.J.P., Gelmont, K.A., et al.: HIV-1 and the aetiology of AIDS. The Lancet 341, 658-659, 1993) One longitudinal survey of 715 homosexual men from Vancouver observed that 136 out of 365 HIV antibody-positive drug users developed AIDS and that 78 HIV-free drug users did not develop AIDS. On the basis of these correlations the survey has concluded that HIV causes AIDS, and have rejected the hypothesis that recreational drugs and anti-HIV drugs, like AZT, cause AIDS. However => 1) the authors lacked drug-free AIDS cases, 2) the cumulative lifetime drug dose of the subjects (heavy or light, long or short term) was not determined (as drug toxicity is dosage dependent, no drug dose-AIDS response relationships could emerge), 3) self-reported drug use was not verified by any tests (this epidemiological honor system is certain to minimize drug-AIDS connections because people tend to forget and to deny socially unacceptable behavior like drug use. Indeed, denial is one of the first indications of all addictions), 4) AZT use was ignored. Contrary to the authors' conclusion, data of both surveys confirm the drug-AIDS hypothesis : 1) it is improbable that no AIDS defining disease occurred in 350 HIV-negative homosexual men in 8.6 years since those diseases have always been described in drug addicts (56% had used nitrites, and 58% had also used cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, lysergic acid, diethylamide and other illicit drugs) which reflects the bias of either not diagnosing or not reporting AIDS-defining diseases in HIV-negatives, 2) since the numerous sexual contacts necessary to pick up HIV are frequently drug-promoted (particularly by nitrites), HIV antibody-positives are likely to have much more consumed drugs than HIV-negatives (proven by the facts that 25% of AIDS victims had Kaposi's sarcoma -U.S. national average of 10%- and that 100 % of the Kaposi cases had inhaled nitrites), 3) the widespread AZT use also sheds light on the 8% high incidence of lymphoma among HIV-positive AIDS patients compared to the national average of 3% in the U.S. (AZT recipients have an annual lymphoma incidence of 9%).
  AIDS-Forschung (AIFO), 12, pp. 627-635, December 19931993