In the preface I more or less had to deal with it on a bullet point manner. On this chapter I can breathe a bit easier on that, but it requires more research.
As I said yesterday – here is a link to the document.
Now the gist of the first half of this chapter is to link poverty to AIDS. This link cannot be sustained. AIDS does hit sufferers who are poor harder than it hits people who aren’t – but then so does everything else. Money makes things much, much easier.
So lets be clear here – I am not saying that we shouldn’t do anything about poverty – I am saying it is a seperate issue. Poverty is something we would have to deal with even without the AIDS crisis.
Okay first of all lets look at Uganda. A study in that country found that higher rate sof HIV were found amongst educated people with money.
Another way of looking at it is to consider South Africa – the country we are in. South Africa ranks 114th on the list of the world’s poorest countries. We are actually, on a GDP per capita basis, richer than China.
We also happen to have the fourth highest rate of HIV infection in the world.
Now the second half is – well:
The message is also simple in another way. The assertion is made that scientific discoveries about HIV and AIDS were proclaimed two decades ago. At the moment of the proclamation, the science of AIDS came to a standstill. It was frozen at this particular moment into an unquestionable and unchangeable monument to scientific thought.
Accordingly, further scientific inquiry into this matter is impermissible.
This would be news to organisations like the American CDC or Caprisa (which is based in South Africa). There is a lot of further scientific inquiry into HIV and AIDS. The level of sheer wrongness in that statement from the document shows a disregard for the truth that would make even the most hardened liar blush.
The central charge is the exact same charge as that leveled by creationists when it comes to evolutionary science and has about as much basis.
H/T: Nathan Geffen and AIDStruth.org.
Read my take on the preface here.