Vienna, 17 July 2010
Photo by Joan Shenton
The “AIDS” Hoax and Gay Men
by John Lauritsen
Good afternoon. Today I'm going to talk about gay men, schwule
Männer — men who have sex with other men. Gay men are
victims of a hoax, in which a non-existent disease is claimed to be
caused by a virus — a virus which either doesn't exist or is
harmless. On the basis of this AIDS hoax, hundreds of thousands of gay
men, in the United States alone, have been killed by pharmaceutical
poisons — poisons that were put on the market through fraudulent
research. Some day this will be known as the Gay Holocaust.
From the very beginning gay men were identified with
“AIDS” — even before “AIDS” had a name.
Gay men were linked to the “epidemic” through labeling.
There were such terms as “gay cancer” or “Gay-Related
Immune Deficiency” or “gay health crisis”. Gay men
were targeted for testing and drugging, just as earlier they had been
targeted for the marketing of “poppers” (nitrite inhalants)
and other deadly “recreational” drugs.
In time “AIDS” would claim other victims: Haitians,
hemophiliacs, intravenous drug users, and Africans — but
“AIDS” never released its hold on gay men. At this very
moment perfectly healthy gay men are being duped into taking bogus
“HIV-antibody” tests. Those who test “positive”
will be prescribed drug “cocktails”, which will make them
sick and eventually kill them.
It all began in
1981, when five young men, all “active homosexuals”, were
diagnosed as having Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). PCP was then
falsely believed to be a rare disease caused by a protozoan. Shortly
after this a couple of dozen men, also “active
homosexuals”, were diagnosed as having Kaposi's sarcoma (KS),
which was then falsely believed to be a rare form of cancer. With
homosexual behavior as the only common factor, public health officials
falsely assumed that there must be a connection between these two
radically different illnesses, and they did their best to find one or
invent one. One term bandied about was “Gay Related Immune
Deficiency”, or GRID, G R I D.
leaders objected to GRID, it was changed to “Auto-Immune
Deficiency Syndrome” (A I D S); it was hypothesized that the body
might somehow be destroying its own immune system. When public health
officials realized that the “auto-immune” hypothesis was no
good, but the acronym had caught on, they changed it to “Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome”, A I D S, even though nobody was sure
what was meant by “acquired”.
these early assumptions were wrong. The PCP organism is now considered
a fungus, rather than a protozoan, and it is ubiquitous — present
in the lungs of every human being in the world. Normally it co-exists
peacefully with human hosts, causing illness only in the very sick. So
how could PCP be rare? If someone in the past stopped breathing
— an old man at the end of his life or a heroin addict starving
in a cold room — the diagnosis would simply be
“pneumonia”, without reference to a micro-organism that had
yet to be identified.
Under the false
assumption that Kaposi's sarcoma was a cancer, most of the gay men with
KS received cancer chemotherapy, which quickly killed them. It is now
known, and has been publicly admitted by top public health officials,
that KS is not a cancer. KS is not caused by HIV, and is not related to
any kind of “immune deficiency”. [Note 1]
At present the only tenable hypothesis for the occurrence of KS in gay
men is the use of “poppers” or nitrite inhalants, the
premier gay recreational drug. Entirely aside from “AIDS”,
poppers are extremely hazardous to the health. Yet the CDC in the early
1980s falsely assured gay men that poppers had no effect on the immune
system; in effect, the CDC said it was all right to use poppers. I'll
add that poppers are sold openly in Vienna. Last night I was in a gay
bar, where a little sign said: "Poppers: 12 Euros".
Well before 1986, when the alleged “AIDS virus” acquired
its official name — the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus, or H I V
— three things were clear. One: “AIDS” was not a
coherent disease entity, and the surveillance definition made no sense.
“AIDS” itself does not exist except as a construct. Two:
Whatever “AIDS” might be, it was not infectious, since it
remained rigidly compartmentalized — confined month after month,
year after year, to two main risk groups: gay men and intravenous drug
users. Three: There were good reasons why the early “AIDS”
patients were sick in the ways that they were.
Science prefers the simplest explanation that accounts for the data.
The principle was formulated by the 14th-century philosopher, William
of Occam, whose Razor states: “What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more.” Let's apply Occam's Razor
to heroin addicts, who have been studied for well over a century. It is
common knowledge that heroin addicts get pneumonia, or lung disease. We
would expect this, since heroin depresses lung functioning and wrecks
the health in general. Using Occam's Razor, we can say
that heroin is causing heroin addicts to develop pneumonia, just as it
did a hundred years ago. There is no need to look for a new infectious
agent. So simple! — except to public health officials. In New
York City heroin addicts with pneumonia are given
“HIV-antibody” tests: if the addicts test positive, they
have “AIDS” — but if they test negative, they are
just the usual heroin addicts with lung disease. Either way, the
clinical profiles are the same.
In the case of
gay men, there were also obvious reasons why the early
“AIDS” cases were sick: poppers and other
“recreational” drugs, venereal diseases, antibiotics, and
powerful psychological factors.
At this point I
want to make a crucial distinction: between the early
“AIDS” cases and the later ones. In the first few years
those with “AIDS” diagnoses were close to death; they
didn't live long. However, in the last couple of decades gay men with
an “AIDS” or “HIV-positive” diagnosis may not
even be sick — at least not sick until they get their diagnosis
and start taking “anti-HIV” drugs. Their initial diagnoses
may depend entirely on worthless “T-cell” or
It soon became
clear that public health officials and “AIDS experts” were
not only incompetent, but also dishonest. They made blunders, but they
also lied. My first major “AIDS” article, published in
February 1985, showed that the CDC issued statistics which deliberately
covered up the connection between drugs and “AIDS”, and
which falsely represented “AIDS” as an infectious, venereal
disease. [Note 2] The question, then as now, is
whether the “AIDS experts” really believe what they say. If
they really do believe what they say, then they are extremely stupid.
The CDC's statistics indicate that in the United States alone well over
a third of a million gay men have died from “AIDS”. These
men were not killed by a virus, but by drugs — poisons which were
put on the market through fraudulent research and promoted through
false advertising. Most of these gay men would be alive today if they
had avoided the drugs and taken appropriate health measures.
The Gay Holocaust rests upon two pillars: Superstition and Profit.
It must be seen in context: the historical persecution of gay men. It
is a fact of life that human males are attracted to each other,
erotically and otherwise. Sex between males was practised
enthusiastically in classical antiquity and in many societies around
the world — but it has been ruthlessly suppressed in the West
ever since the 4th century AD, when Christianity became the state
religion of the Roman Empire, bringing with it the Judaic taboo on sex
between males. In the Holiness Code of Leviticus is stated:
a man lie with mankind as with a woman, both of them have committed an
abomination: they shall surely be put to death: their blood shall be
upon them." (Leviticus 20:13, King James translation)
the intervening centuries gay men have been shamed and ostracized,
imprisoned, tortured, pilloried, castrated, beaten or stoned to death,
hanged, and burned at the stake, along with heretics and witches
— all for violating a taboo, a taboo which is no more rational
than the taboos on eating pork or wearing the wrong kind of clothing. [Note 3]
Such persecutions do not belong entirely to the Dark Ages. The death
penalty for male-to-male sex remained on the books in England until
1861 and in Scotland until 1887. In the mid-20th century, gay men in
California were castrated and given electric shock treatment. In the
1970s and 1980s gay men in the South African army were given electric
shock therapy and chemical castration. In the United States as a whole,
sex between males only became legal seven years ago. There are still
countries in the world where men are put to death for loving each other.
Beginning in the 1970s religious fundamentalists in the United States
waged psychological warfare against gay men, telling them that they
were going to Hell and should die. One such group, the American Party
for Manhood, agitated to bring back the death penalty for sex between
males. And the death penalty did return — in the form of
Using documents obtained
from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), I demonstrated that AZT
(also known as retrovir or zidovudine) was approved for marketing on
the basis of fraudulent research. Blatant cheating took place in
Boston, one of twelve test centers in the Phase II AZT trials, which
were supposed to determine whether the drug were “safe and
effective”. Patients who almost died from severe anemia caused by
AZT — who required multiple transfusions to keep them alive
— were reported by the Boston investigators as having “no
adverse reactions”. The Boston investigators — the criminal
Boston investigators — lied about the length of time subjects
were in the trial, making it seem as though they were in it much longer
than they were. In one case, the Boston investigators illegally entered
into the study a man who was already taking AZT — they assigned
him to the placebo group, even though he continued to take AZT —
and when he died a few months later, they counted him as a death in the
placebo group, although he had never stopped taking AZT. [Note 4]
Cheating was also found in the other eleven test centers —
but none of these were investigated thoroughly, because the Phase II
trials were abruptly terminated. The FDA's stated reason for
prematurely terminating the Phase II trials was: that AZT was
miraculously extending the lives of the patients, and it would be
unethical not to put the drug on the market immediately. What a farce!
The FDA knew very well that much, and possibly most, of the Phase II
data were false, and yet they excluded nothing. With this kind of
ethics, the deliberate use of false data, AZT was put on the market
— a poison without a single benefit.
than 96% of all “AIDS” deaths in the U.S. occurred after
AZT was approved for marketing in 1987. [Note 5] Those deaths were not caused by a virus, but by AZT and the other “anti-HIV” drugs.
After AZT was approved, the FDA abandoned the double-blind,
placebo-controlled trial as the gold standard for drug approval,
claiming it was forced to do so by “AIDS activists” —
the “AIDS activists” being phonies who really represented
Big Pharma. There was no longer even a pretense of basing drug approval
on evidence. All of the later “AIDS” drugs, from nucleoside
analogues to protease inhibitors, rode in on the coattails of AZT.
How did gay men respond to the “health crisis”? At
this point, the bitter truth, as I see it, is that there is no
“gay community”. Gay publications have been brought into
line (or gleichgeschaltet) with the AIDS Industry. The New York Native,
which for over a decade provided a voice for AIDS critics, was
destroyed through a boycott led by so-called “AIDS
activists” — the “AIDS activists” being
phonies controlled by Big Pharma. To my knowledge, the Gay & Lesbian Humanist
is now the only gay publication that is open to AIDS critics; it
published my most recent article, “In Defence of AIDS
Critics”, which is online.
From the very beginning, many AIDS-dissidents have been gay men. But
other gay men unthinkingly supported the Gay Holocaust. They trusted
doctors. They responded masochistically, with such things as
candlelight vigils and the AIDS Quilt, which reinforced a cult of
victimhood. With good intentions, they encouraged their friends to take
the “AIDS” drugs that would kill them. And there were still
other gay men, like the late Martin Delaney, who were conscious and
cold-blooded agents of Big Pharma.
As many of
you know, it is not easy to be an AIDS-dissident. We have all taken
hard knocks. Speaking for myself, I have not only received death
threats and suffered financial losses, but I have been effectively
ostracized from the gay liberation movement — to which I have
devoted my life for over 40 years. The last time I spoke at a gay
conference was a few months ago in Boston. I was a featured speaker,
discussing the goals of gay liberation. When I simply mentioned that I
didn't accept the HIV hypothesis, people started yelling: “Shut
up!” The conference organizers, who should have supported
my right to speak, denounced me instead.
conclude my talk, I'll describe two young men I have known, Jeremy and
Brian. They both did one of the hardest things that anyone can do:
break a powerful addiction. Both were recovering alcoholics.
Jeremy was a friend of mine. Sobriety was a new life for him. He was in
good health, he made plans to return to college, and he began to be
recognized for his writing. He wrote plays, which were produced. Then
in 1988 he took an “HIV-antibody” test. It came back
“positive”. He was put on AZT, and his health collapsed.
Then, under my influence, he stopped taking AZT. He regained his
health, began riding his bike and exercising. He was again an athletic,
attractive young man. Then one day he told me that his doctor had
persuaded him to go on a quarter dose of AZT — just a quarter
dose. I said that he already knew what I thought — that AZT is a
poison with no possible benefits. I said to see what would happen, and
that soon enough he would stop taking it. This was one of the worst
mistakes of my life. A few months later I read Jeremy's obituary in the
Village Voice. For Jeremy, even a quarter dose of AZT was fatal. This is on my conscience. I should have fought for him.
Now let me tell you about Brian. In creating a new life without alcohol
or drugs Brian took his health seriously — practised yoga, ate
well, and took nutritional supplements. Then he was persuaded to take
the “HIV” test, which came back positive. He was shocked,
but determined to “fight the virus”, as he put it, by good
health practices rather than by taking the drugs. Brian read the book I
gave him, The AIDS Cult, but wasn't fully convinced. He told me he
still believed that he was infected with a virus. At this point he was
still a robustly healthy young man. Unfortunately he continued seeing a
doctor, who regularly tested for CD4 counts. At one point the doctor
told Brian that he had almost no T-cells. Brian was terrified, and
began taking the drugs. Now he has been on them for several months. So
far the changes are subtle. His self-confidence is down. He has
lost muscle tone, and his arms are thinner. The first battle has been lost —
either I failed to persuade or Brian failed to comprehend — but I
have not given up hope for him.
There are many
gay men like Jeremy and Brian — who have broken their addiction
to alcohol and drugs and are beginning to build new lives in sobriety.
Then they take the “HIV-antibody” test and get diagnosed as
“positive”. Here I need to make an important point: almost
certainly Jeremy and Brian scored “positive” because of
their past history of alcoholism and drug abuse. We know that several
dozen conditions can cause positive readings on the Elisa and Western
Blot tests, and that alcoholism and drug abuse are among those
However, many of the gay men
who take the tests now, and are diagnosed “HIV-positive”,
do not have a history of alcoholism or drug abuse. In any sample of
the general population, a certain percentage will score
“positive”, for reasons unknown. If a greater proportion of
“HIV-positive” diagnoses are given to gay men, this is
because for decades they have been targeted for testing. In contrast,
the general population has never been targeted for testing, and very
few straight people take the test. This week's edition of Bay Windows,
Boston's weekly gay paper, has an ad by Project Truth: “It's Fast
and It's Free — Rapid HIV Testing — HIV Results within 1
hour.” Isn't that wonderful? Results that can wreck a
life in one hour.
Since the tests have never
been validated, there is no such thing as either a “false
positive” or a “true positive”. Even among those who
are “HIV-positive”, no one has ever demonstrated true
viremia, or viral infection, which would mean many whole, cell-free
viruses in the blood.
“HIV-positives” begin taking the drugs, it's all down-hill:
first malaise, then physical deformities, and finally death. Many of
them die before developing any of the 29 or so
“AIDS-indicator” diseases or conditions. These are called
“deaths before diagnosis". They are not counted as
“AIDS” deaths — thus supporting the myth that
“AIDS” deaths are dropping thanks to the new drugs. In
reality, the new drugs are killing people who weren't even sick before
To close: there are no guilty
victims of the AIDS Hoax. None of them deserved what was done to them.
Gay men deserved it no more than mothers, or children, or Africans, or
hemophiliacs. Whether conscious or not, the hatred of gay men, rooted
in ancient superstition, is part of the story. I remember my friend,
Casper Schmidt, referring to AZT as “sadistic medicine”. A
fair statement. At some level of consciousness, doctors must have known
what would happen from prescribing AZT: they must have known that this
poison would kill their patients. I also remember William Haseltine, a
leading AIDS-orthodoxer, who said that all gay men, including
HIV-negatives, should be given AZT as a prophylactic measure — to
prevent them from becoming infected. What Haseltine really meant was
that all gay men should die.
And now the new
generation of drugs, which have been so successfully promoted by Big
Pharma's public relations firms. If doctors have eyes to see, they must
surely observe that these drugs are making healthy patients sick. But
even if we give doctors the benefit of the doubt, we should not forget
that others in the AIDS Industry committed their misdeeds knowingly and
The Gay Holocaust — and the
greater AIDS Holocaust — have gone on long enough. There have
been enough victims. It's time to put an end to the AIDS Hoax.
# # #
is the end of my prepared talk. Since many of you are physicians, let
me add that psychological factors are important in treating patients
with an “AIDS” or an “HIV-positive” diagnosis.
It may not be easy, but patients must be helped to have a desire to
live. They must be freed from fear engendered by the various bogus
“AIDS” tests. They must be told to Expect Health!
to the international conference, AIDS: zwischen Wissen und Dogma (AIDS:
Knowledge and Dogma), Vienna, Austria, 17 July 2010.
1. John Lauritsen, “NIDA Meeting Calls For Research Into The Poppers-Kaposi's Sarcoma Connection”. New York Native, 13 June 1994. This article is online.
2. John Lauritsen, “CDC's Tables Obscure AIDS-Drugs Connection”. Philadelphia Gay News, 14 February 1985. Reprinted as Chapter I in The AIDS War (1993).
3. John Lauritsen, A Freethinker's Primer Of Male Love (1998).
4. John Lauritsen, “FDA Documents Show Fraud In AZT Trials”. New York Native, 30 March 1992. Reprinted as Chapter XXIX in The AIDS War. This article is online.
5. United States Deaths Of People With “AIDS” Diagnoses.