But the accountability is different for professional denialists. AIDS Denialists who can call themselves ‘Doctor’ can be easily mistaken for medical doctors. Dr. Peter Duesberg, for example, does not have a medical degree, has never conducted research with humans and has never seen a single patient. When Dr. Duesberg says that HIV is harmless people are apt to listen with deadly consequence.
Dr. Henry Bauer is a ‘Science’ Professor at Virginal Tech University who claims that HIV does not cause AIDS. Dr. Bauer bases his false and irresponsible conclusion on his misguided use of epidemiology, ignorance of basic epidemiological concepts, and insatiable need for attention in the hope of making up for a life of obscurity. Dr. Bauer is now stooping to offer faulty medical advice, such as this posted at his blog,
UPDATE: Men living with HIV/AIDS in South Florida are dying less thanks to anti-HIV medications. AIDS denialism is the toxic poison.
Official: Antiretrovirals maybe not the best treatment
“While improvements in antiretroviral therapy have improved the prognosis for many HIV patients, data from recent studies suggest those living with HIV are at higher risk for developing common health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer”
“Baseline urinalysis and calculated creatinine clearance should be considered, especially in black patients, because of an increased risk of HIV-associated nephropathy”
“Urinalysis and calculated creatinine clearance should also be performed prior to initiating treatment with drugs such as tenofovir or indinavir, which have the potential for nephrotoxicity”
— “potential” for nephrotoxicity sounds much less alarming than a straightforward description as nephrotoxic.
“Emphasis should be placed on the importance of adherence to care rather than focusing solely on adherence to medications”
Dr. Bauer misuses the point
Henry Bauer is wrong when he says that HIV treatments cause heart problems, kidney disease, and cancer. What doctors say is that people with existing heart and kidney disease need special monitoring when they start HIV treatments. Certain medications in various doses may carry added risks for these patients, requiring adjustments. Henry Bauer ignores the context and cherry picks sentences to misconstrue their meaning when he concludes that “because HAART itself can cause a variety of ailments.”
HIV treatments do not cause kidney disease. HIV-associated nephropathy results from direct HIV inflammation of kidney cells. Other kidney conditions that affect people with HIV/AIDS include IgA nephropathy which occurs when antibodies are trapped in the areas of the kidney where filtering occurs. Kidney functioning can also be affected by T-cell abnormalities and abnormal blood proteins associated with HIV infection.
Are people with HIV infection at increased risk for cancer?