The Cause of AIDS: Fact and Speculation, Part 2

Colman Jones

1990, 60:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 241.00.2

The Cause of AIDS: Fact and Speculation, produced at MacLean Hunter Cable TV by award-winning Toronto journalist Colman Jones, features interviews with key figures in the HIV debate, such as Michigan State university professor Robert Scott Root-Bernstein (author of "Rethinking AIDS"), New York AIDS physician and researcher Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, and independent investigator John Scythes of Toronto's Community Initiative for AIDS Research. Also featured are Dr. Norbert Gilmore from Montreal's McGill AIDS Centre, American syphilis expert Dr. Edward Hook, Toronto Hospital's Dr. Richard Fralick as well as leading activists, educators and people with AIDS, including the late Michael Callen.

Part 2:
Redefining AIDS
Continues with a critical analysis of what being "HIV positive" actually means, in light of increasing evidence showing that many people have been exposed to HIV (often several times), but without testing positive for HIV antibodies nor developing AIDS. This segment examines other factors - viral and bacterial infections, drugs, malnutrition - that could well account for immune suppression among different groups, and how these immunosuppressive risks might also explain HIV antibody tests turning positive. The episode then concludes by outlining the tragic consequences of focusing all attention on HIV, in terms of both treatment and research.

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