Nkozi conference statement.

 
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Origins

It is generally accepted by the scientific community that HIV originated in Africa. We reject this view, for which the evidence is most insubstantial, as a racist perversion of the scientific process.

Causes

It is claimed that HIV causes AIDS. Up to now however, HIV, has not been isolated in pure form from any patient who has tested HIV positive. There are, however, many known causes of immune deficiency in Africa, as in other parts of the world. These include malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis and other chronic bacterial and parasitic diseases.

Economic underdevelopment, political instability and wars in many African countries have given rise to social and family breakdown, poverty, unemployment, and substandard, overcrowded and unsanitary housing.

In addition, there is inappropriate use of legal drugs and abuse of illegal drugs, as well as an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and medically unsupervised abortions. All of these may contribute to the development of immune deficiency.

We also do not rule our the possibility that vaccines may have given rise to new diseases or, in other ways, have adversely affected people's health.

Tests

Without the isolation and purification of HIV, there can be no gold standard for HIV tests. Thus the HIV testing technologies and algorithms have not been demonstrated to be consistent, and information about its inconsistency can be found even in the manufacturers' data sheets.

A review of the scientific literature shows that there are over 70 diseases or biological conditions that may give false-positive HIV antibody-rest results. Many of these, for example tuberculosis and malaria, are endemic in Africa.

Diagnosis of Aids varies across the world; in parts of Africa a single HIV antibody screening test may be all that is carried out; in Western countries several confirmatory tests are undertaken prior to patient diagnosis.

In some parts of Africa, an Aids diagnosis is given using the Bangui case definition without testing for HIV antibodies which creates Aids diagnoses which often may not correlate with the results of HIV testing. Thus a person can be "HIV-positive" in one country and "HIVnegative" in another, and the same can apply to a diagnosis of Aids.

Prevention

Prevention of immune deficiency must address its many causes in Africa.

Appropriate measures would include cancellation of crippling debt repayments, establishment of equitable economic relationships with wealthy countries...

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